Cherry Cheesecake Baked Breakfast Bars

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 sharing tricks to help families find healthy kitchen hacks and shortcuts. Follow her @TspCurry on Twitter and Snapchat.

Cooking Time


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 1/2 Tbsp 1% Milk (skim and 2% milk will work as well)


  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.


    Servings per recipe: 8 large bars or 10 medium bars



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

Nutritional Information

Per Serving
  • Nutrition Information: per 10 cut 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
  • Nutrition Information: per 8 cut serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Total fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Sodium: 120 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 40 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Myplate Equivalents