We've been talking about make-ahead lunches with recipes that can carry you through the week, but what about make-ahead breakfasts too? You've asked us for easy, portable breakfast recipes, and here's one more to add to the list.
I first found this recipe at Chocolate & Zucchini (it's originally from Quaker Oats). I was attracted by Clotilde's description of it. She said that the clafoutis is like an oatmeal flan, full of all kinds of fruit and nuts. You can change out the mix-ins to your own liking, but she likes to use chopped, unpeeled apples, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and chopped walnuts.
The best part, though, is that these bars can be cut up after baking and frozen in individual portions. They are quite wet, like a firm, nutty baked oatmeal. They aren't chewy like granola bars, or crunchy either. But they hold together well, especially when you eat them straight out of the packaging.
So I have been doing this now for a long time; they are one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts. I let them cool completely before slicing, then I cut them into long bars and wrap them in plastic wrap. I put them in the freezer in a big bag and heat them individually for breakfast.
Try it! These are a very nutritious whole grain breakfast, and filling and delicious too,
• Get the recipe: Oatmeal Breakfast Clafoutis at Chocolate & Zucchini
(Images: Faith Durand)