7 Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bar Recipes Rich in Protein, Fiber, and Anti-Inflammatory Perks

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Craving a warm-and-cozy bowl of oatmeal but have zero minutes to spare on busy mornings? Under such dire circumstances, these grab-and-go breakfast bar recipes rich in protein, fiber, anti-inflammatory benefits (or all of the above) will more than satisfy.

Rolled up into one pan, you’ll find that these easy breakfast bars are the perfect combination of convenience and pure satisfaction. Ahead we’re sharing seven delicious breakfast bar recipes that call for nutritious ingredients without skimping out on any of the flavor, and more importantly, the fun.

7 grab-and-go breakfast bar recipes packed with essential nutrients 

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Photo: Feel Good Foodie

1. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

According to Yumna Jawad, the creator of Feel Good Foodie, this oatmeal breakfast bar recipe is “basically like oatmeal in bar form for on-the-go breakfast and snacking.” More nutritious than most breakfast bars you can find on store shelves, Jawad says her recipe is packed with good-for-you ingredients (including rolled oats, heart-healthy walnuts, and unsweetened applesauce). Best part? These easy-to-make bars can be stored for a few days or frozen for months, Jawad says. Each serving contains a healthy dose of protein, potassium, calcium, and fiber, to name a few. (For context, dietitians recommend between 21 to 35 grams of protein and five to 15 grams of fiber from whole food sources for breakfast.)

Get the recipe: Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Photo: Feel Good Foodie

2. Pumpkin Bars

Looking to vibe with the season of sugar, spice, and everything nice? Then, these easy pumpkin bars by Feel Good Foodie are definitely calling your name. Made with fiber- and potassium-rich pumpkin purée, these breakfast bars will put you in the spooky season spirit with just one bite. That said, the pumpkin flavor is quite subdued, which is ideal for sneaking in an extra dose of fruit for the picky eaters in the house. Plus, the subtle pumpkin flavor won’t overpower breakfast, unlike the grande PSLs served at the local coffee shop, IYKYK.

Get the recipe: Easy Pumpkin Bars

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

3. Vegan Seven-Layer Bars

Prepare to have your mind blown as you take a bite of Minimalist Baker’s vegan seven-layer bars. Rich, sweet, nutty, and 100 percent wholesome are just a few words to describe this recipe. So, what’s in them? Seven layers of bliss consisting of an almond-oat crust, date caramel, coconut butter and flakes, chocolate chips, and peanut butter, to name a few. It’s also worth noting that this recipe is also gluten-free and vegan. Who said you couldn’t have dessert for breakfast, anyway?

Get the recipe: Vegan 7-Layer Bars

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Photo: Feel Good Foodie

4. Caramel Apple Granola Bars

Fall harvest is in full swing, which means that apple orchards are boasting some of their best fruit all year. So, what better time to showcase this delicious (doctor-approved) fruit as the star of these caramel apple granola bars by Feel Good Foodie than now? Much like the popular candy shop confection, these bars have all the makings of a delicious treat. However, unlike your traditional caramel apple on a stick, this recipe gets its sweetness from a homemade date-sweetened caramel sauce. Swoon.

Get the recipe: Caramel Apple Granola Bars

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

5. Brownie Granola Bars

Brownie meets breakfast—name a better pair. We certainly can’t think of any. These no-bake brownie granola bars by Minimalist Baker taste like raw brownie batter (!), yet are naturally sweetened and contain a boatload of fiber per serving (nearly eight grams, to be exact). Oh, and get this: They’re made with only six simple ingredients. Have your pen and paper handy? Rolled oats, raw nuts (of your choice), pitted dates, cocoa powder, salted almond butter, and maple syrup. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus, did you know that oats contain loads of antioxidants that help fight inflammation—we love to hear it (and eat it).

Get the recipe: Brownie Granola Bars

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6. PB & Coconut Protein Bars

PB&J is kinda sorta so yesterday, can’t we all agree? Although it’s a tried and true favorite, swapping out the J from time to time isn’t always a bad idea. As such, we’ve been drooling over these no-bake peanut butter and coconut chocolate-y protein bars by Ambitious Kitchen lately. I mean, what’s not to love about a protein-packed breakfast bar filled with some of the ingredients we love most (hi, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, and chocolate chips), need I say more?

Get the recipe: Coconut & Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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Photo: Ambitious Kitchen

7. Nut-Free Granola Bars

When it comes to granola bars, it’s often hard to find ones made without nuts. However, these nut-free granola bars by Ambitious Kitchen get their delicious chewiness, high fiber content, and loads of protein no thanks to nuts. Instead, they feature many different types of seeds, such as flaxseeds, chia, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds. Best part? One serving of these tasty breakfast granola bars contains 6.4 grams of protein and 5.1 grams of fiber.

Get the recipe: Nut-Free Granola Bars

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