On-the-Run Breakfast Bars

On-the-Run Breakfast Bars

For adult observers, the Christian season of Lent is often a time of quiet contemplation. For kids, however, Lent seems little more than preamble to Easter’s bonnets and bunnies and baskets.

To help children observe Lent, consider adopting the old Finnish custom of planting grass seed in small dishes on Ash Wednesday which in 2007 falls on February 21.

For children, it is fun to plant and carefully tend the seeds. Soon delicate blades burst forth from the earth, stretching toward the light. With good care, the grass will grow thick and strong and lush, symbolizing the resurrection and the certainty of spring.

LENTEN GRASS Start with a pretty bowl or tray about two to three inches deep. For drainage, first lay down an even layer of small rocks – aquarium rocks are perfect. Then stir together potting soil and grass seed and arrange it loosely on top of the stones. Place the container in a sunny spot. Moisten every day; with kids, a spray mister may prevent over-watering. After a few weeks, ‘mow’ the grass with scissors. For photo illustrations of how to plant Lenten grass, see Observing Lent with Children.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food writer Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Send a favorite family breakfast recipe to e-mail.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Oven time: 40 minutes
Makes 24 approx 2x2 inch bars
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour, preferably whole wheat
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oatmeal (regular or quick, but not instant)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (can be doubled for extra cheesiness)
  • 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup wheat germ, optional
  • ½ cup dried fruit, optional (snipped dried apricots are especially good)

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Blend in the flour, salt and soda. With a wooden spoon, blend in the remaining ingredients.

Lightly mist a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Pat the dough into the pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm. Be sure to refrigerate the bars since they contain both meat and cheese.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Bar: 139 Cal (45% from Fat); 7g Tot Fat; 4g Sat Fat; 15g Carb; 1g Fiber; 137mg Sodium; 27mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 3 points

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Those breakfast bars look great! They would be the perfect thing to send along with my husband, as he's out on the road quite a lot.
These look a little bit like the breakfast cookies I make, but even "healthier." They'll be perfect for our long travel day when we go camping!
OH OH OH!!! Those are those Breakfast Take-alongs I was just talking about!! The recipe was in that little recipe pamphlet from Quaker Oatmeal (that I divorced) and I just love these things. They are addicting! Thank you SO MUCH for posting this recipe Alanna.
S'kat ~ That would be perfect! I think of them for after-school too.

Cyndi ~ 'Healthier' of course as in a commercial breakfast bar.

Sally ~ So pleased you're so pleased! And the first time I remember making them was in Iowa where you love, so maybe they made the rounds there! Wouldn't it be funny if we could trace the recipe?!
These look perfect for those days where we are running late and the kids need to eat their breakfast in the car!
Hello, Alanna!

I've never made savory bars and these look yummy - all the ingredients are great!

I'm glad you left a comment on my blog, so now I've found yours - thank you!
I just made these bars and I'm not sure yet how I feel about them. Though I like the unusual blend of ingredients I'm not sure if I like the bars. Straight out of the oven they didn't impress me as being overly flavorful though the texture was nice. Maybe they will be better after they spend some time in the fridge. Regardless, I'm having a really fun time trying recipes from your site.

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. But I also love hearing your reactions, your curiosity, even your concerns! When you've made a recipe, I especially love to know how it turned out, what variations you made, what you'll do differently the next time. ~ Alanna