Oh, breakfast. It’s still the weakest link in my meal game. But I swear that I’m trying to get better at eating it.
Do you know what’s kind of sad, though? The breakfast recipes that tend to appeal to me most are the ones that resemble something close to dessert.
These Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares from Bowl of Delicious are no exception. Don’t get me wrong–they’re a whole lot healthier than dessert. Unless you’re one of those people who counts plain fruit as dessert, in which case, I’m sorry, but you’re a bit odd.
Anyway, back to the oatmeal squares. Like I said, these are a lot healthier than dessert, but they remind me a lot of cake. They have a similar texture, and a similar taste. Unlike most cakes, however, these squares are speckled with oats, and include whole wheat flour and less sugar.
Though, you do have the option of upping the sugar content a bit if you include the streusel on top. I tend to leave that off, just because I like the squares well enough without it. I also leave out the nuts, for the same reason. Whether or not you include either is entirely up to you.
If you’re worried about the oats in the squares, don’t be. To be honest, I hardly notice them. And remember: that’s a testament coming from a girl who isn’t a big fan of oats in the first place.
And the taste, you guys! The combination of maple syrup and brown sugar is just, well, “lovely” is the only word that keeps coming to my mind. The cinnamon only adds to that, bringing everything together in this perfect, cohesive little package of dessert-like, start-your-day-right goodness.
I also think it’s important to note that these squares are super easy to bring together. It took me less than 15 minutes to mix everything, and you could do it all in one bowl, not including measuring cups.
Plus, this is the perfect breakfast for making ahead. I like to rewarm the squares when comes time to eat them, then drizzle a little honey on top. The honey works for adding both a little bit of sweetness and any moisture the squares may have lost in storage.
To sum it up…
- Time to prepare and cook/bake: about 45 minutes.
- Difficulty: Very easy.
- How it tasted: Lovely; the maple syrup and brown sugar are the perfect pair.
- Would I make it again: I’ve made it a couple of times now, and likely will again.