Apple Oat Breakfast Bites

 

These breakfast bites are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.  Packed with 3 fruits and nutritious flax meal they’ll get you off to a great start or keep you going for a long day ahead. I love opening my fridge and finding these delicious little bites waiting for me!

Flax seed provides us with fiber which aids in regular digestion and elimination. Flax seed is also a source of omega 3 fatty acids, which act as an anti-inflammatory and may help to prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Why did I choose to use dried tart cherries in this recipe? Tart cherries are an excellent source of antioxidants which give cherries their dark red color. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent cancer and heart disease and to slow the aging process. Higher in antioxidants than even blueberries, cherries act as an anti-inflammatory. In fact, research has shown that eating 20 tart cherries a day may provide pain relief equivalent to that of aspirin or ibuprofen. Researchers in Texas found tart cherries to contain high levels of melatonin, an antioxidant naturally produced by our body, that is thought to slow the aging process, fight jetlag and help regulate sleep cycles. Pretty impressive for a tart little fruit!

This recipe makes a large batch – perfect to reheat in the toaster or to invite the neighbors over. Makes approximately 48 2x2 square breakfast bites.

 

Apple Oat Breakfast Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups Flaxseed, Almond, Brazil Nut & Walnut Blend with Q10 (Linwoods Blend) or sub Gluten-Free Ground Flax Meal

  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

  • ½ Cup Apple Sauce, Unsweetened (Santa Cruz)

  • 1 Egg White, Beaten or Ener-G Egg Replacer

  • 3 Ripe medium Bananas, Mashed

  • ½ Cup Apple, Finely Chopped

  • ¼ Cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened (Pacific Naturals or 365)

  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1 ½ Cups GF Steel Cut Oats (Bob’s Red Mill)

  • ¼ Cup Slivered Almonds (optional)

  • ¼ Cup Dried Cherries, Unsweetened, Chopped or Other Dried Fruit (optional)

  • ½ Teaspoons Sea Salt

  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda

  • ½ Teaspoons Nutmeg

  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

  • Spray Canola Oil, parchment paper or a Non-Stick cooking surface

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Use a very small amount of spray, such as canola oil, parchment paper or use a non-stick cooking surface. I like to use brownie bites cooking molds, however you can easily use a 9 x 12 baking pan.

  3. In a small bowl, soak cherries or dried fruit in warm water for 5-10 minutes. Drain and chop. Set aside.

  4. Sift together dry ingredients: flax seed blend, salt, soda and spices. Set aside.

  5. In large bowl, combine applesauce, agave nectar and egg. Add bananas and vanilla beat until smooth. 

  6. Gradually stir in dry mixture and oats until well combined.

  7.  If it seems to be getting a little thick, slowly add about 1/4 cup almond milk as needed.

  8. Add oats, apples, sliced cherries (or other fruit) and almonds (optional).

  9. Bake until golden approximately 25 minutes