These Salted Caramel Apple Breakfast Bars taste like eating dessert for breakfast…but they’re good for you too! Vegan, Gluten Free, & Refined Sugar Free
We all know we shouldn’t eat dessert for breakfast…
But what if I told you I’ve found a loophole? Meet the Salted Caramel Apple Breakfast Bar.
These fluffy, flavorful bars taste indulgent, but are also a perfect way to start your day. They’re loaded with healthy fiber from Oats, natural sweetener from Apples and Dates, and some healthy fats from Chia Seeds and Tahini. Long story short, they’re good FOR you, and will keep you feeling full and satiated until lunch rolls around.
I asked you all on Instagram if you’d like to see Apple Pie or Salted Caramel Bars on the blog…and one brilliant reader said, “Why not both?!” This is why I like you guys 😉 Medjool Dates already have a natural caramel flavor, but something magical happens when you blend them with Tahini. Add in some grated Apple, and you have yourself a match made in heaven.
These Breakfast Bars are perfect for Meal Prep, or just an on-the-go Breakfast. As they are also Nut Free, they would be perfect to give to your little ones to take to school! (If you have little ones, that is.)
I will not that these are not dense and chewy like a granola bar — they are more of a fluffy “cake”, or perhaps like a banana bread. But who wouldn’t want to eat cake for breakfast?!
A Few Final Thoughts:
- Make sure you use an apple that bakes well for this recipe – I used Pink Lady. Some other great baking varieties include Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp.
- I used Maca Powder to give this recipe a boost of caramel flavor; I purchase mine through Thrive Market and saved a ton of money by doing so!
- This recipe is perfect for an on the go breakfast, but would also work well as a lunchbox snack or evening treat as well! I love mine heated up in the toaster oven and topped with an extra drizzle of tahini.
Salted Caramel Apple Breakfast Bars
These Salted Caramel Apple Breakfast Bars taste like eating dessert for breakfast...but they're good for you too! Vegan, Gluten Free, & Refined Sugar Free
- 1 cup Oat Flour
- 1 cup Instant or Rolled Oats (I used a mix)
- 2 Apples, Grated
- 1 tbsp Maca Powder (optional)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Medjool Dates, pitted
- 2/3 cup Tahini
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Unsweetened Plant Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
First, preheat your oven to 350F. Combine the Oat Flour, Oats, Maca Powder, Baking Powder, and Salt together in a large bowl. Stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Grate 2 Apples into a small bowl. You can choose to peel them if you'd like, but I kept the skin on. Keep any "juice" that comes out of the apples while you are grating them as well.
Add the Dates, Tahini, Chia Seeds, Plant Milk, and Vanilla Extract to a In a food processor or high speed blender. Process until smooth, scraping the sides of the machine if necessary.
Next, add the Grated Apple and Date Mixtures to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until everything is well incorporated.
Place the batter into a lined or greased 9x9" pan, then bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.
Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool completely before slicing. Store any leftovers in a loosely sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the fridge for up to 8.
To make Oat Flour, add 1 cup of Instant or Rolled oats into a high speed blender and process for 45-60 seconds, until finely ground.
Tahini may be substituted for another nut or seed butter of choice, but keep in mind that this will affect the final flavor.
Chia Seeds may be substituted for Ground Flax
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