Oatmeal-Coconut Breakfast Bars

  • Yield: 18 servings

These bars are a nice way to get kids (and grownups) to eat a little extra nutrition from carrots, applesauce and wheat germ. They're like a dessert for breakfast. A real treat in the morning with coffee, tea or milk, they also pack well for lunch boxes and hiking snacks.


1cup quick oats
1 1/2cups apple juice
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1/2cup toasted wheat germ
3/4cup shredded sweetened coconut, divided
2teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1teaspoon salt
1cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup unsweetened applesauce
2cups grated carrots
2-- eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine oatmeal and apple juice. Cover and heat on high 2 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Combine flour, wheat germ, 1/2 cup coconut, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, carrots and eggs. Fold into flour mixture. Add oatmeal mixture and stir until just blended.
  4. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and cut into bars.

Recipe by Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 150
  • Fat 2
  • Sodium 250mg
  • Carbohydrate 29g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Protein 3g