Spring Ahead Bars

A breakfast perfect for springing ahead an hour

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WMBD Morning Show

Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN

Community/Outpatient Dietitian

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Central Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson


Spring Ahead Bars

Daylight Savings Time means springing ahead an hour…and losing an hour of sleep. This complete breakfast bar will ensure you don’t miss out on the benefits of a nutritious breakfast when you are running behind.



Cooking spray

2 ripe medium bananas, mashed

2 ½ cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats

1 cup PB2® prepared (1 ¼ cup PB2® powder + ¾ cup water)

½ cup raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds

2 Tablespoons whole flaxseed

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dried cranberries

2 Tablespoons peanut butter, melted  



1.      Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line 9 x 13” baking pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

2.      Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Spread mixture evenly into pan.

3.      Bake for 19-23 minutes until edges slightly brown.

4.      Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan (or place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes).

5.      When completely cooled, heat 2 tablespoons peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds and drizzle on bars. Cut into 12 bars.


Serves 12


Nutrition Information

Per 1 bar

Calories: 242

Total Fat:  6 g

    Saturated Fat:  1 g

Sodium:  129 mg

Total Carbs:  32 g

    Dietary Fiber:  4 g

    Sugars:  17 g

Protein:  7 g

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