Last Updated on January 2, 2023 by Ellen Christian
These Smart Bars are my favorite Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars recipe. Try one of my favorite Weight Watchers breakfast ideas today.
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Weight Watcher’s Breakfast Bars
I followed the Weight Watcher’s diet for many years and reached my goal weight with them. This is one of my favorite recipes.
These smart bars are a delicious fruity granola bar that works perfectly for breakfast on the run. One of the biggest challenges that I have when it comes to watching my weight is eating a healthy breakfast.
I don’t like eating first thing in the morning when I wake up. All I really want is a cup of coffee before I head to work. But, that means that I need to take along a healthy breakfast.
These Weight Watcher’s Breakfast Bars are an easy breakfast I can toss in my lunch bag. Or, they work fine as a low-point snack in the afternoon.
Are breakfast bars unhealthy?
One of the biggest challenges with breakfast bars from the store is that they tend to be high in sugar and high in carbohydrates. Neither of those is a great choice.
These Smart Bars are a much better option because they are mostly fruit and seeds with only one cup of oats and 1/4 cup of flour in the entire recipe.
The fruit and seeds are high in fiber which will help you feel full for longer than the bars you’d buy in the store.
Plus, this Weight Watchers oatmeal breakfast bar recipe is easy to make in only 10 minutes with 20 minutes of baking time.
What do I need to make this recipe?
You only need basic kitchen equipment to make this Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars recipe. You will need a food processor to grind up the fruits and nuts into tiny pieces so that the bars stick together. If you have a very high-powered blender, that may work.
- food processor
- 9 x 13 baking pan
- non-stick spray
Can I use whole oats in this recipe?
No, you will need to use quick-cooking oats so that it cooks up quickly. Whole oats won’t cook fast enough in 20 minutes of baking time.
Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars substitutions
You can change the seeds, dried fruit, and nuts based on what you have on hand. Instead of pecans, you can try almonds or walnuts. If you don’t have sunflower seeds, why not use pumpkin seeds?
If you don’t have raisins, use more cranberries. Just make sure that the total amounts that you use don’t change or it may not turn out properly.
At less than 100 calories per bar, these are a great option for breakfast with a hard-boiled egg. Or, they can be used as a healthy Weight Watcher’s snack.
Ingredients for Smart Bars
- quick-cooking oats
- sunflower seeds
- toasted wheat germ
- dried apricots
- pecan halves
- dried cranberries
- instant nonfat dry milk
- whole wheat pastry flour
- maple syrup
- ripe banana
- vanilla extract
Per serving (1 bar): 83 Cal, 3 g Fat, 0 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 14 mg Chol, 11 mg Sod, 12 g Carb, 2 g Fib, 3 g Prot, 27 mg Calc.
How should I store these?
To keep these moist and flavorful, you will want to store them at room temperature in an air-tight container. If the weather is very hot, you can put them in the refrigerator so that they don’t get sticky.
These will not freeze well. They will stay good for about 10 days if you keep the air out of the container.
This Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars recipe was reprinted from the book Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play! With permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc.
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk
- 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9 × 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
- Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, apricots, pecans, raisins, cranberries, dry milk, flour, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the syrup, eggs, banana, and vanilla and pulse until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the pan, wet your fingertips with cool water, and press down to level the surface. Bake until the mixture is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
- Cool in the pan and cut into 32 bars.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g
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