Whole Foods makes these bars that are my favorite. If you are not familiar with them, they are an oat based bar with an almond flavor. But like everything at Whole Foods, they are not cheap. I was eating these on the reg for years. After spending a good deal of money on these little nuggets, I went on a mission to figure out how to make these at home.
I turned to the old Google search to see if anyone else had the same obsession with these bars. And my friends, I was not alone. THIS GENIUS WOMAN replied to a post where someone else was inquiring if anyone had the recipe. I found it to be pretty darn close. I have tweaked it a bit according to my own taste…
GWL version of Whole Foods Breakfast Bars
2 cups of quick oats
2 tbsp of nonfat milk powder
3 tbsp old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
-Combine the quick and old-fashioned oats and the milk powder.
-In a mixing bowl cream the butters and brown sugar. Then add honey and almond extract.
-Add in the dry ingredients slowly.
-Then mix in cranberries, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
-Pour the dough on foil or wax paper. I find that foil works best. Then mold it into a pretty thick long rectangle or square depending on what shape you want the bars. Now this next step I have skipped in the past because I could not wait to eat them. BUT DON’T! It totally matters. Refrigerate the dough at least 8 hours. I usually do overnight. If you don’t they will flatten out during baking and it totally ruins how they eat because what makes them so good is how thick and moist they are.
-When ready to bake, set oven to 315 degrees. Oven rack should be as high as it can go. Cut into rectangular pieces. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
I usually double the recipe and freeze a bunch. So, they are a slight calorie bomb but they are a very filling snack that will hold you over for hours. When I added all the ingredients into MyFitnessPal it was 3,518 calories. So obviously just divide that by how many bars you cut it into. I usually try to get about 10-12.
This time I cut into 10.
And baked until golden brown…
So.. for those trying it. I would bake no longer than 20 minutes. I did about 25 min (unintentionally) this time because K was being a…spirited baby. And I would also add a 1/4 cup more cashew butter. That will be my next tweak. I felt that these were good, but just a little too crumbly. Still, a close comparison to those fabulous Whole Foods breakfast bars!!
If anyone tries the tweak let me know how it goes!!!