Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Lesley Baradel

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

“A new ingredient for the new year” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux. It is always fun to play with new ingredients in the kitchen and certainly one of the fun things about each month’s redux challenge to break out of a rut and try something new! What a great way to start off 2016. 

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

So this month, there are actually 2 new ingredients we’ve been wanting to try for a while: hemp hearts and peanut powder. So we decided to experiment with both in a new breakfast bar to help shake up our breakfast routine as well. Our Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars are made with usual ingredients you find in your home, plus hemp hearts and peanut powder for a boost of protein and healthy fats.

Peanut powder and Hemp hearts

We had received some free samples of hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest a while back. Hemp hearts, which are de-hulled hemp seeds, are a great source of plant-based omega-3 fats, protein and fiber. It is a great alternative to ground flaxseed or chia seeds. They are very versatile and can be snacked on straight out of the bag, sprinkled on oatmeal or anything you want and even included in baked goods. While we’ve snacked on them before and tried the oatmeal thing, we had never used them in baking in place of our beloved ground flaxseed until now. 

Peanut powder is another ingredient we’ve seen and been curious about. While it’s been out in the market for a few years, it is now more widely available in most supermarkets. It is a convenient alternative to peanut butter and more versatile application as you get the same benefits of the protein in the peanut butter, but with a great deal less fat (85% less in fact). 

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

So we set out to create a new breakfast bar that we knew would appeal to our sometimes picky children (yes, we have that issue too!) that would make a great grab and go choice. We wanted it to be a well-rounded option  providing protein, a moderate amount of healthy fats, fiber, some fruit and of course whole grain but without a lot of added sugar. Well, we did just that and it so happens to be a great after school snack too.

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

You could use any berry in place of the blueberries in this recipe, or even a combination of several berries. Mashed banana adds extra sweetness so that we can use less added sugar. We love how it turned out which isn’t too  sweet, more relying on the natural sweetness of the blueberries with a slight undertone of peanutty goodness. If you want a sweeter bar, you can certainly add more sugar to the bar part or the topping but we hope you’ll try it our way first and see if it passes the taste test of your family. Pair it with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit for a complete breakfast. 

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Power Blueberry Breakfast Bars

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Course Breads, Breakfast, Snacks
Servings 12 bars
Calories 222 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut powder
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 medium ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar


  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chilled butter cut into small pieces.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, oats, peanut powder, hemp seeds, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • In another medium size bowl, whisk together the bananas, eggs, brown sugar, butter and milk until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Put the blueberries and ½ tablespoon of sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 1 minute intervals, stirring at the end of each one, until blueberries being to release their liquids and slightly smashed. Spread blueberries evenly over mixture in pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients: oats, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cut the butter in with 2 knives, or use your hands to crumble and distribute butter throughout mixture so it resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle evenly over the blueberries.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool in pan completely before cutting and serving.


Chef’s Notes:
  • These are not that sweet, which we like and our children did as well. However, you can add a little more sugar to the mixture or the topping if you prefer.
  • Peanut powder can be purchased in the regular peanut butter aisle in the grocery store now.
  • Hemp hearts are hulled hemp seeds. If you can’t find them, use ground flaxseed or chia seeds instead.
Mix It Up: Use any berries or combination of berries in place of the blueberries. Frozen berries make it convenient to make these any time of year, though fresh could certainly be used in place of the frozen.


Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 60mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


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Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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