Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars

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Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars - an easy make-ahead breakfast to prepare on Sunday night and have ready through the week! Almost 9 grams of protein per bar!

Who’s bored of breakfast?

(imagine me waving my hand in the air madly)

I know I say this every time I share a breakfast recipe (it’s hard finding 300 words to say 3 times a week, you know…), but cereal and milk just don’t cut it for me any more. I’ve discovered some awesome breakfast options – breakfast muffins, breakfast bowls, baked eggs, etc. – but they all require a bit of actual effort, so I tend to save them for weekends. I just don’t have the mental energy during the week to put any effort whatsoever into breakfast.

I need to embrace the make-ahead breakfast – and these raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars are definitely a new favourite! Make a batch on a Sunday night, and they’re there to grab and go through the week.

Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars - an easy make-ahead breakfast to prepare on Sunday night and have ready through the week! Almost 9 grams of protein per bar!

The recipe is easy – just mix everything up, bake it for about 40 minutes or so, then cut into squares. Not much energy required on a Sunday evening. You only need one mixing bowl and one cake pan, so not much washing up either.

My clean up was made even easier by this super non-stick cake pan from the Circulon Ultimum collection. If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll have heard me rave about my Circulon frying pans on several occasions – I’m inordinately in love with my frying pans, it’s quite sad really. They’re so non-stick that they almost don’t even need washing, just a quick wipe – nothing sticks at all, even now, a few years after I started using them. Their circular ridges are truly magical.

So I had high hopes for my new Circulon cake pan. I was crossing my fingers that it would be as impressive as the frying pans, and I wasn’t disappointed! Just look – not even the slightest hint that these oaty breakfast bars wanted to stick to the pan. They came out like a dream. I will never bake a round cake again, it’s this square baby all the way from now on.

Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars - an easy make-ahead breakfast to prepare on Sunday night and have ready through the week! Almost 9 grams of protein per bar!

By the way, the little white bits you can see in my oaty breakfast bars aren’t white chocolate chips (although come to think of it, that would be pretty delicious) – it’s cottage cheese. I know not everyone likes cottage cheese, and I know there will be some people turning their noses up right now. But trust me! You don’t really notice it in the finished bars, it just adds a slight chewiness – and about 4 grams of protein per bar. So it’s definitely worth including it if you want to stay full til lunchtime! In total there’s almost 9 grams of protein in each of these little squares, which is pretty amazing if you ask me.

I wanted to make these breakfast bars as healthy as I could, while still feeling like they were a bit of a treat. So I did sprinkle a bit of sugar over the top (skip it if you prefer!), but also included fresh blueberries and raspberries, pumpkin seeds, and that lovely cottage cheese. Believe me, it works. It kind of feels like you’re eating flapjacks for breakfast, without actually having to stoop to that level.

Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars - an easy make-ahead breakfast to prepare on Sunday night and have ready through the week! Almost 9 grams of protein per bar!

These oaty breakfast bars are great served at room temperature, or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds if you’d prefer them warm. Serve them with extra fresh fruit and a dollop of yogurt if you don’t think one bar will cut it. Or just have two.

What are your favourite make-ahead breakfasts? I feel like I could do with a few more go-to options to whip up on a Sunday night!

Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars - an easy make-ahead breakfast to prepare on Sunday night and have ready through the week! Almost 9 grams of protein per bar!

Raspberry and blueberry oaty breakfast bars

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9 bars
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 165 g rolled oats (~ 1 3/4 cups)
  • 250 ml milk (~ 1 cup)
  • 280 g cottage cheese (~ 1 cup)
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g blueberries (~ 2/3 cup)
  • 100 g raspberries (~ 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Add the oats, milk, cottage cheese, brown sugar and egg to a large mixing bowl, and mix thoroughly. Add the blueberries, raspberries and pumpkin seeds, and fold together gently (hold back a few pieces of fruit for topping, if you like).
  • Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased cake tin (mine measured 9 inches square), and spread into a single layer. Top with a few extra berries, if desired.
  • Bake uncovered for around 40 minutes, or until firm and golden brown. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar for the last 10 minutes of baking, if desired.
  • Cut into squares, and serve warm or cold. Store in the fridge.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/9 of the recipe.

Here’s another tasty make-ahead breakfast – apple pie overnight oats!

Apple pie overnight oats

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25 Comments

  1. Make ahead of time breakfasts will be a love saver for you when baby arrives and you are off to a great start here. I love breakfast bakes like this.

  2. These look so tasty! Nine grams of protein per square is super impressive, the cottage cheese is such a good idea! I imagine as it’s oats they keep pretty well in the fridge for a while? PS. I’m in awe of your cake pan.5 stars

  3. I used to turn my nose up at cottage cheese (still do when it’s on its own) but, I do love the texture it as to baked goods. Speaking of which, these bars are perfect to bake ahead and enjoy – almost like a berry baked oatmeal! Delicious!

  4. My husband and I are horrible at eating breakfast during the week, so this recipe would be perfect for us! Also, I’m glad to meet another cottage cheese lover. Whenever someone turns it away, it’s just more for us haha!

  5. I love easy and this looks like a great alternative to my everyday breakfast I have! I want to have this now with my cup of coffee!!5 stars

  6. Me! Oh me! Me! I’m a breakfast disliker! Part of it is I just can’t eat so soon after getting up. No appetite. If it’s not a work day I generally wait one or two hours before I can have anything, so on work days breakfast is something that’s forced down.

    Another part is, breakfast? Soooo boring. It’s the most boring meal of the day, and it’s almost always the same thing every flipping day!

    I’ve had a few gos at the overnight oats with apple you posted earlier, and also some other overnight oats recipes I found (which originally involved chia seeds, which it was then discovered we didn’t like at all as they gelled the whole thing up to a consistency that was like eating glue. Ugh! Very far from the promised ‘creamy pudding-y texture’), so I’m slowly building up a small repertoire in that department. I’ve found it can be varied endlessly by just a couple of large spoonfuls of fruity yoghurt or similar.

    But this is all making a short story long, so suffice to say, I’m DEFINITELY going to try this one out!

    1. Haha I love your enthusiasm (or is it anti-enthusiasm?!). I sometimes add a sprinkling of chia to my oats, but only a tiny bit, because of that gloopy texture you mention! Not nice. Hope you enjoy these breakfast bars more :)

      1. The recipe I had found was a whole tablespoon for in two small helpings. I tried thinning it out with more milk, but that didn’t really work. It’s much better when they’re just left out all together. I do wonder though if it was a misprint and was supposed to have been a teaspoon.

        Anyway, I’ve had a rootle about in the kitchen and found some black currants in the freezer that really wants using, preferably before the bush starts producing new berries and Husband starts wondering why I asked for one in the first place… :p I’ll try to remember to let you know how that substitution works out.