"Healthy" Breakfast Cookie Bars

My kids like cookies for breakfast. 
And when I mean cookies, I mean bars. Of the Cliff, Kind, and Luna variety.
 These are in our house not for them, but for the big people that need food on the go because little people make it hard to eat breakfast. 
But they have been discovered and are now begged for at least a couple mornings a week. 
After seeing that the sugar content was a little scary for them, I hunted for a slightly healthier version that would also still make them think they are eating cookies and getting away with it. 

So I tried a couple, and have landed on this one. It is easy, uses ingredients that you might already have, and you can switch things up based on your tastes. It still has sugar in it, but a whole lot less than the packaged bars. I make a batch and we eat them all week. They go great with my morning tea and early morning play doh parties. 

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Imperfect Polish 2015
Makes about 16 bars (you can cut them any size)

2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk (cow, soy, almond, whatever you want)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 bananas mashed until almost liquid, the riper the better
1/3 cup peanut butter (any nut butter is cool)
1/4 cup chocolate chips 
1/4 cup raisins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking pan (8x8 or 9x9) with cooking spray. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, mix the oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well combined. 

In another smaller bowl (I like to even just use a large measuring cup), mix the milk, vanilla, and egg together. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour in the bananas, peanut butter, chips, and raisins. Mix the batter really well until completely combined. Pour into the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool a bit, then cut and enjoy! 


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