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.

  • 35 Minutes
    Total Cook Time
  • 7g Protein
  • 190 Calories
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)

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


  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