Cherry Cheesecake Baked Breakfast Bars

Serena Ball, MS, RD

These easy, make-ahead bars are perfect for busy mornings. They freeze beautifully and can be grabbed to go. Microwave for only a few seconds for a warm breakfast.

 

This recipe was developed for the Egg Nutrition Center by Serena Ball, MS, RD, a food writer and registered dietitian nutritionist. She blogs at TeaspoonOfSpice.com sharing tricks to help families find healthy kitchen hacks and shortcuts. Follow her @TspCurry on Twitter and Snapchat.

Total Time
35min
Prep Time
10min
Cooking Time
25min
Ingredients
10
Servings
10

Ingredients

2 cups Quick-cooking oats (or old fashioned oats)
3 each Whole graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 cup Ring-shaped cereal (like Cheerios®), slightly crushed
1 Tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup Almonds, chopped (or walnuts or peanuts) (optional)
1 cup Unsweetened applesauce
4 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp 1/3 Less-fat cream cheese, softened (or Neufchatel cheese)
1.5 Tbsp 1% Milk (skim or 2% milk will work as well)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. To a large bowl, add oats, cracker crumbs, cereal, chia seeds, cherries, and nuts; stir.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, honey, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together with a whisk or a fork. Pour over oats mixture and mix thoroughly.

  4. Spread mixture into prepared baking pan; flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is set. (Bars should still be soft, not golden brown.) Cool.

  5. Mix together cream cheese and milk with a fork. Drizzle over cooled bars. Store in the refrigerator; eat cold or microwave about 10 seconds on HIGH. Or freeze for busy mornings; microwave about 45 seconds on LOW/MEDIUM.

Nutritional Information

Makes 10 servings
Per Serving
  • Calories:  190
  • Total fat:  5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 95 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 32 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 7 g

Myplate Equivalents

Protein: 0.5 oz
Grain: 1 oz
Fruit: 0.25 cup
Vegetable: 0
Dairy: 0