Live life deliciously! - Chef Andre Carthen
Whole-Wheat Fruity Breakfast Bars
Loaded with fruits and whole grain, this is great for breakfast on the go!
2 cup organic wheat flour
1½ cup oats, toasted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup butter
½ cup honey
½ cup brown sugar or sweetener
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 cup blueberries
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp orange zest
1 cup orange juice
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In medium bowl add the flour, toasted oats, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
In your stand mixer (or handheld) with paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugar until they’re fluffy. About 5-8 minutes at medium speed. In the meantime, in a separate bowl, mash the bananas, honey and add the rest of the fruit.
Add the flour slowly to the sugar-butter mixture. Mix on low.
Then add the orange juice. Mix briefly, just until everything is incorporated. Gently fold in fruits using spatula.
Coat a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with vegetable spray and spread dough evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Makes about 12 bars.
Great for lunch boxes too!
Chef Andre Carthen a.k.a. the Fit Chef, is featured in Kathy Ireland’s book “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Janet Jackson’s first book, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he contributed over 30 recipes for a healthy meal plan.
“True You” takes Celebrity Chef Andre’s exquisite recipes and transforms them into something anyone can do if they have a desire to stay healthy and lean while eating the foods they love. Chef Andre is the only African American to be appointed to the Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council. Recently asked to be the guest chef for St. John’s Hospital’s Gala “Beyond the Stars” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
He is often asked to bring his culinary awareness to the media and has appeared on popular radio & television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “Anderson Cooper”, “Soap Talk”, “EXTRA”, “Inside Hollywood”, “Black Hollywood Live”, “Sunday Dinner”, “Brave Heart Women”, “Healthy Women Healthy World”, “Get Real Live”, Breakfast Television / City TV”, “New Day Northwest”, “Walking on Eggs”, “On the Red Carpet” …
…and has appeared in Forbes, Cuisine Noir, USA Today, Palm Springs Life, Media Planet- USA Today, MetroSource, The Standard, Desert Sun, Desert Out, and Furniture Today.
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