Break the fast with these easy oatmeal bars

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Darlene Zimmerman, Henry Ford Well being System
Revealed 2:00 p.m. ET April 17, 2021

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (Picture: Darlene Zimmerman)

For years, your mom advised you that breakfast was a very powerful meal of the day. She was proper. A wholesome breakfast offers you the power to get your day began and supplies necessary nutritional vitamins and minerals.

Breakfast actually means, “to interrupt the quick.” After eight or extra hours with out meals, the physique is basically a chilly furnace that must be lit. Breakfast kicks the mind into gear and retains adults and youngsters alert all through the morning.

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Today’s oatmeal bars offer a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Pair this breakfast bar with low-fat yogurt or a glass of milk and some fruit, and you’ve got a well-balanced breakfast in minutes.

Of course, the star ingredient in today’s recipe is rolled oats. As a whole grain, oats offer impressive levels of thiamin (a B vitamin that helps produce energy from carbohydrates), iron (an essential mineral that helps transport oxygen throughout the body) and selenium (a mineral and antioxidant that protects cells from damage that can lead to chronic disease like cancer and heart disease).

But this whole grain’s true claim to nutrition fame is its fiber content, particularly, soluble fiber, which is credited with helping lower blood cholesterol levels. Oats are a whole grain, meaning the bran and germ are still intact. Oats do have an inedible outer layer called the hull, which must be removed before the grain can be eaten.

For the best results when making today’s bars, opt for old-fashioned rolled oats. Rolled oats are oat groats that are steamed and pressed flat with rollers to shorten cooking time. Quick-cooking oats would also work. These are rolled oats cut into smaller pieces and rolled thinner, which speeds up the cooking time.

Darlene Zimmerman is a registered dietitian in Henry Ford Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute. For questions about today’s recipe, call 313-972-1920.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Serves:  12  /  Prep time: 10 minutes  / Total time:  30 minutes

Vegetable oil cooking spray

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

¾ cup brown sugar

⅔ cup white whole-wheat flour

½ cup raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

⅓ cup hazelnut cocoa spread (such as Nutella)

¼ cup skim milk

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat an 11-by-7-inch oven-safe pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl toss oats, brown sugar, flour, raisins, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, hazelnut spread, milk, egg and vanilla. Pour applesauce mixture into oat mixture and stir to combine. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com and tested by Darlene Zimmerman, MS, RD, for Heart Smart®.

189 calories (19% from fat), 4 grams fat (1 gram sat. fat, 0 grams trans fat), 35 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein, 102 mg sodium, 18 mg cholesterol, 45 mg calcium, 3 grams fiber. Food exchanges:  2 starch, 1 fat

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