Make-ahead gluten-free breakfast bars are a filling breakfast or grab n’go snack for the kids – and parents too! They are 100% vegan and made with wholesome ingredients, such as organic crispy rice and sweetener, nut butter, and superfoods like chia seeds, hemp hearts, and flax.
We are no stranger to bars in this house. Whether they are post-workout energy bars or decadent dessert bars, there are always random bars tucked away in the fridge or freezer. These healthy breakfast bars are one of the first recipes I added to my long list of homemade bars. I’ve spent a fortune on pre-packaged bars. Albeit they’re convenient, I’m completely aware that most of them are not nearly as healthy as they claim to be. I rarely buy pre-packaged foods but for some inexplicable reason the convenience of store-bought energy bars has gotten the best of me – until now.
The flavours of homemade bars trump their packaged counterparts any day of the week – which is pretty much how often we eat these! These gluten free breakfast bars are in fact healthy enough to serve first thing in the morning – I enjoy mine along with a nice homemade double espresso, and the kids with a cool glass of milk. Don’t be fooled by the long list of healthy ingredients. These bars have a combination of textures – creamy, crispy, crunchy, and are so unbelievably flavourful – so much more flavourful than one-note pre-packaged ones.
The recipes for these gluten free breakfast bars is so unbelievably easy – just warm the ingredients in a large pan, cool to set, then cut and serve. This recipe also lends well to interpretation – replace the brown rice syrup with honey, substitute the almond butter with peanut butter or a nut-free variation like sunbutter, or add any of your favourite ingredients, such as crushed nuts, raisins, dried cherries, dried fruit, the list goes on. These hold together well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long!). My suggestion is to make two batches and store one batch in the freezer.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!