These Protein-Packed PB&J Bars Are the Perfect Portable Breakfast

On a busy morning, it can be challenging to squeeze in time for a solid breakfast. That’s a shame considering research has shown that enjoying a healthy meal in the AM is great for weight control and your overall health. While whipping up an omelet may not be on your agenda on a hectic weekday, there are plenty of ways to plan ahead so you can chow down on a nutritious breakfast. These PB&J power bars, for example, are a great grab-and-go option. They’re packed with protein and fiber thanks to simple, healthy ingredients like oats, dates, almonds and peanut butter—which means they’ll keep you fueled for hours and ready to take on the day. Because of their nutrition content, PB&J bars also make for a perfect pre- or post-workout bite. Watch this video to learn how to make the tasty and nutritious PB&J power bars at home.

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Begin by lining a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Then pulse your oats in a food processor until they’re coarsely chopped. Just be sure not to pulse them too long, otherwise you’ll end up with oat flour, which is not the consistency you’re looking for with these bars. Next add dates, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and process this mix until it starts to stick together. Add dried cherries and pulse a couple more times.

Next, move the mixture to a bowl and add crushed almonds. Knead this mixture with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients. You can place a piece of parchment on top (so you don’t get it all over your hands.) Transfer the mixture to your 9-by-5-pan and press the mixture until it’s flattened evenly. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into bars. You can store these bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to a month.

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