Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe #LittleChanges

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Morning comes very early in my house. 5:30 AM is not really my favorite time of day but working husbands, high school kids and busy moms drag themselves out of bed at that time to greet the day. I want my kids to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning but finding something nutritious at that time of day that they actually want to eat is sometimes difficult. This breakfast bar recipe makes a wonderful healthy breakfast because it includes things like protein rich nuts, high fiber grains and blueberries that are loaded with antioxidants. Not to mention the fact that my kids love blueberries! Drizzled with just a touch of yogurt glaze, your kids will happily grab this breakfast bar as they run out the door in the morning!

Blueberry Breakfast Bar Recipe

Why Blueberries?

Blueberries are incredibly nutritious and very versatile. They make eating a healthy breakfast very easy. While they are great to just snack on right out of the bowl, you can also bake with them, throw them on a salad, or include them in your diet in many other ways as well. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, blueberries can certainly help you achieve your goals! Eating a healthy breakfast, getting plenty of exercise, drinking more water, and eating a rainbow of colors are all easy ways to eat healthy this year.

Many people think that blueberries are only a summertime fruit but you can find them in your grocery store year round. Whether you choose them fresh in the produce isle, frozen, dried or even preserved at home, you should definitely be including more of these nutritious little berries in your diet. They have just 80 calories and 3.6 grams of fiber per serving and will really add a nutritious punch to your recipes. Don’t know what to make with them? The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website hosts a variety of tips on how to make eating blueberries apart of your lifestyle as well as a slew of recipes in which you can incorporate blueberries, which can be found here.

Blueberry Breakfast Bar Recipe

Personally, I like to stock up on Georgia blueberries in the summer and then freeze, dry, or dehydrate as many as I can. That way, it’s easy to throw a handful or two into whatever I happen to be baking. But, I have also been known to buy a few pints and just leave them in a bowl on the counter. You would be amazed at how quickly they disappear as soon as the children discover them! I included simple directions on how to dry your blueberries in the oven to use in this recipe. It doesn’t take long and the blueberries really give these breakfast bars a delicious flavor and sweetness! They don’t really need to be ‘dry’ for this recipe….just some of the juice removed and a tad bit less plump!

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Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe

Yields 10 bars

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe #LittleChanges

A healthy and portable breakfast that is full of nutritious ingredients.

2 hrPrep Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cup puffed brown rice
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¼ cup fresh blueberries or ¾ cup dried blueberries
  • FOR GLAZE
  • 2 to 3 TBSP vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. To dry blueberries in the oven: Place 1 rounded cup of fresh blueberries onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until popped and most of the juices have evaporated.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, puffed rice, coconut, pecans, flax seeds and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Add in the peanutbutter and the honey, mix thoroughly.
  4. Add blueberries and mix just until combined.
  5. Press into a 13 x 9 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove bars from freezer and cut into squares
  8. MAKE GLAZE:
  9. Combine powdered sugar and yogurt. Stir til smooth. Drizzle over bars and let dry several hours.
  10. Store bars in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
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  1. It does look really good. I need someone to make this for me, I never have the time to make it myself!
  2. These look delicious. I love blueberries and recipes with whole ingredients so this is definitely one that I want to try!
  3. That sounds fabulous! I love blueberries so this would work great.
  4. Blueberries have a knack for disappearing at my house, too. With a recipe this yummy, there definitely won't be any left!
  5. I love blueberries and the kids devour them. I have to buy some extras to try this.

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