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Breakfast Ideas for a Buck

Healthy breakfast choices that are easy on your wallet.

5 Cheap and Healthy Homemade Breakfast Ideas continued...

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a nonstick 9 x 9-inch square or round baking dish with canola cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, combine margarine, applesauce, and brown sugar and beat on medium speed. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.

In separate bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Add all at once to the margarine-applesauce mixture, and beat on low until well combined. Add oats and almonds and beat on low until blended, scraping sides of bowl after about five seconds. Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes until edges are golden brown but bars are still moist and chewy. Cool and cut into 8 breakfast bars.

Yield: Makes 8 breakfast bars.

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 250 calories, 6 g protein, 34 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 26 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 218 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 36%.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2009 Elaine Magee

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for WebMD and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Reviewed on April 01, 2009

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