Trying to figure out what to eat when you are going non-gmo can be tricky! I am going to share some recipes and tips with you over the next couple of months. Everyone has different diet styles and preferences so take what you want and leave the rest!
I am a mother to four kids who LOVED cold cereal. They would often have cereal as a snack after school! I never bought the sugary kind and I thought I was feeding my kids something relatively healthy when I gave them Raisin Bran and Frosted Wheat cereal.
When GMO became a factor, I had to find something else to feed them for breakfast because very few cold cereals are non-gmo and organic cereals are expensive! Organic milk costs twice as much as regular milk but giving my kids regular milk was no longer an option after I watched Food Inc.
That meant that cold cereal for breakfast every morning was over.
Now I make different things for breakfast all the time. Things like pancakes, muffins, eggs and toast, granola and smoothies. Today I will share a recipe for breakfast bars. These happen to be vegan and depending on your oat choice and tolerance level, they can be gluten free.
Non GMO Breakfast Bars
2 cups oat flour (make your own by blending oats in food processor or blender)
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp agave nectar
1 large banana
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup almond milk
1/3 cup preserves (I used blackberry)
2 tbsp non gmo shortening
3 tbsp rolled oats
3 tbsp natural sugar
Mix oat flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. In a food processor, mix the banana, coconut oil, agave, almond milk. Combine wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
Spread the mixture into a greased baking pan. You can use 8×8 or double the recipe and use a 9×13. Spread the preserves on top. In the blender, pulse shortening, oats, and sugar then sprinkle it over the top of the breakfast bar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then cool completely.
I use Spectrum Organic (non-gmo) Vegetable Shortening. It is non hydrogenated. I prefer to use Organic Preserves due to pesticides on berries but Danish Orchards is a good alternative when the budget is tight. Since it is imported from Denmark, I feel pretty good about it being non-gmo. I use organic raw sugar from Costco. I used to buy cane sugar but the bleaching process makes me uncomfortable!
My kids eat these as a snack or a treat in their lunch at school. They travel fine in plastic sandwich bags although I try to send their food in tempered glass containers as I move away from plastics.
I hope your family enjoys them!