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Homemade Strawberry Breakfast Bars

I’m excited to say that yesterday I entered my first cooking contest ever. Can you guess what my entry was?  Yep, that’s right, homemade strawberry breakfast bars.  The contest asked that you create a recipe using a Kelloggs breakfast cereal as one of the primary ingredients.  Well, I took one look at that and knew I had it in the bag!  I mean, I’m one of the ambassadors selected by The Motherhood for the Kellogg’s Love Your Cereal campaign for goodness sake.  Remember that trip a few weeks back in New York?  The Kellogg’s breakfast.  And coming up in a couple of weeks; part two of the campaign kicks off.  I’ll have the privilege of hosting a group of friends over to my house for a Kelloggs sponsored brunch.  We’ll be able to enjoy a nice meal and Skype with a Kellogg’s representative to share more about what breakfast means to our family.

If you want to learn more about Kellogg’s Love Your Breakfast campaign, feel free to click the button on my sidebar.  I’m willing to bet you’ll learn something you didn’t already know.  Oh, and if you wouldn’t mind voting for my cereal bars over at the Mixing Bowl, I’d be eternally grateful!  The voting is open until September 16th and you can vote once a day if you feel so inclined.  Alright on to the good stuff.

Ingredients Needed:

3/4 Cup of All Bran, ground up
3/4 Cup of whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Cup of White Flour
1/2 Cup of Oats
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
11/2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter, Cut into Small Pieces
1/4 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of Nutmeg
2 tsp of Vanilla
2 Cups of Strawberries
1/4 Cup of Water
1/4 Cup of Agave Nectar
2 Tbsp of Corn Starch + 1 tbsp of Cold Water

First up, grab your dry ingredients; the bran, flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and add them to your bowl.

Mix them up and then add in your vanilla to the dry mixture.

Now start adding in your butter a handful of pieces at a time and use a pastry fork to incorporate. If you don’t have a pastry fork a regular fork works well too. Continue to add the butter until it’s all incorporated into the dry mixture.  Here’s my butter pieces….

And here’s the flour after all the butter’s incorporated.

Now grab your strawberries and throw them in a pan with the water and agave nectar.

Get it boiling and then emulsify the strawberries to create a smooth liquid. Add in your cornstarch mixture and let it boil for a minute or two until thick. Remove from heat and put in the fridge to cool completely.

Grab your crumb mixture and press half of it into an 8×8 baking dish.

Pour the cooled strawberry mixture over the top. Add the rest of the crumb mixture and gently press it down into the pan to tighten up your top layer of bar.

Throw the whole thing into an oven heated to 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let cool completely and get ready to enjoy a true breakfast treat!

Thanks again to Kelloggs and The Motherhood for letting me participate in such an amazing campaign!  And be sure to stop by and drop a vote for these delicious bites!

This recipe was submitted to Tasty Tuesdays and Two for Tuesday recipe hops.

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup of All Bran, ground up
3/4 Cup of whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Cup of White Flour
1/2 Cup of Oats
3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
11/2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter, Cut into Small Pieces
1/4 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of Nutmeg
2 tsp of Vanilla
2 Cups of Strawberries
1/4 Cup of Water
1/4 Cup of Agave Nectar
2 Tbsp of Corn Starch + 1 tbsp of Cold Water

Directions:

First up, grab your dry ingredients; the bran, flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and add them to your bowl.

Mix them up and then add in your vanilla to the dry mixture.

Now start adding in your butter a handful of pieces at a time and use a pastry fork to incorporate. If you don't have a pastry fork a regular fork works well too.

Continue to add the butter until it's all incorporated into the dry mixture.

Now grab your strawberries and throw them in a pan with the water and agave nectar.

Get it boiling and then emulsify the strawberries to create a smooth liquid. Add in your cornstarch mixture and let it boil for a minute or two until thick. Remove from heat and put in the fridge to cool completely.

Grab your crumb mixture and press half of it into an 8x8 baking dish.

Pour the cooled strawberry mixture over the top. Add the rest of the crumb mixture and gently press it down into the pan to tighten up your top layer of bar.

Throw the whole thing into an oven heated to 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let cool completely and get ready to enjoy a true breakfast treat!

Disclosure:  I am working in conjunction with Kelloggs and TheMotherhood as a host for this event and  have received a stipend.