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Breakfast Thoughts: Lavender Oatmeal Squares

Breakfast Thoughts: Lavender Oatmeal Squares

Let’s interrupt our usual programming of decadent and creamy treats to talk about breakfast, shall we? You know, that "most important meal" of the day, the one that also defines our lifestyle, mood, habits. Even the last edition of Saveur, almost entirely devoted to breakfast made it to my mailbox right when I had breakfast oatmeal squares in the oven…sign.

Over the past years, I have been catching myself saying I love breakfast but what I should really say is "I’d love to have breakfast". I hardly have time or appetite in the morning for more than a cup of coffee and a few spoonfuls of yogurt. Everyday I tell clients about the benefits of a balanced breakfast and yet this is a classic case of "do as I say and not as I do". Bad me.

It has not always been the case. As a typical French child, my mom would fix hot chocolate, toast and jam, maybe a yogurt, before heading to school. Sometimes toast was a croissant or a slice of brioche (toasted with some honey, please!). More or less of the above combination made its way onto my plate as I grew up. Before I stopped running as much as I used to due to knee issues (my fault: run 5 miles each morning then go work at the restaurant for 10-12 hours, 6 days a week…6 years later, you can imagine the x-rays!!), I would fix myself a good breakfast. Then I started going to bed later and later each day and waking up earlier and earlier and my appetite, time or desire for breakfast went down the drain.

I started to look into other cultures for inspiration and different fares and still nothing. I wanted to be a breakfast eater!! I finally realized that I can’t eat a lot in the morning so breakfast would have to comprise a lot of essential vitamins and nutrients in a two to three bite something. Breakfast squares became an obvious and manageable choice for me. I can prepare them in 10 minutes the night before and grab a couple on my way out the door in the morning.

Breakfast Thoughts: Lavender Oatmeal Squares

The dough is so forgiving and basic that you can change, substitute and replace at will. Today they were oatmeal, tomorrow they will be quinoa flakes. Almonds sometimes turn into pistachios, honey turns into agave syrup. I sometimes add a pinch of cinnamon or a spoonful of flax seeds. Today it was a pinch of edible lavender buds. If I know the morning is going to drag into a late lunch, I’ll have some with dried fruits for extra energy. You get the idea….the possibilities are quite endless and though it may not be the perfect breakfast, it is still better than what I would usually have: one big cup of coffee. Baby steps….

I have a curious mind and like you, I love to read about food so please tell me: "What do you eat for breakfast?"

Breakfast Oatmeal Squares:

Makes 9, 3-inch squares

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp edible lavender buds
1 egg
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, almonds and lavender and set aside. In a smaller bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir together with a large spoon or your hands until the dough comes together.
Pat the dough into a squares directly on the parchment paper, cut through with a sharp knife into 9 pieces and bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake or you will end up with rocks under your teeth. Let cool and break the squares apart. Feel free to use a scoop and make drop cookies instead.

Breakfast Thoughts: Lavender Oatmeal Squares

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Vera September 24, 2008 um 4:15 pm

Helen, you had a happy childhood! Hot chocolate, croissant or brioche toast and jam for breakfast! I usually had lumpy oatmeal or, even worse, cream of wheat (of course, lumpy as well).
Now I start my day with a bowl of low-fat cottage sprinkled with some nuts, and espresso. Your squares look like far better breakfast idea. I’ll try them.

Anonymous September 24, 2008 um 4:16 pm

I love breakfast and hardly ever take the time to eat it. I love oatmeal and hardly ever take the time to fix it. I must do something about this now. These look so good and since I am home making a care package to send to my daughter and grandson. I will take the time to fix these and send them along. Thanks!

cindy* September 24, 2008 um 4:33 pm

haha, as i was reading this post i was eating a few bites of ice cream for breakfast…not my usual fare, but since i was photographing it this morning it became breakfast. usually i just have coffee and hold out until lunch. my appetite is finicky the first few hours after i wake up too. these squares look like the perfect side-of-the-saucer breakfast.

Sunshinemom September 24, 2008 um 4:44 pm

Ah!! Breakfast used to be my favourite time – it used to be a quick fix of broken wheat porridge in the North (India) as school began early and we left a 6:00!! Later it became larger with stuffed parathas, flaked rice, idlis and dosas – stuff you probably might not relate to:) I still have complete breakfasts but lighter as the waistline has become twice proportion to the food taken:) Thanks for this lovely square – I would love pine nuts and dates instead of honey and almonds. This seems easy for mere mortals like me too!!

limonana September 24, 2008 um 4:53 pm

this sounds so good…must try it!
i'm not the healthiest breakfast eater. i generally either eat toast with cheese & jam or fried eggs with toast & sometimes my absolute favorite, crepes!

Manggy September 24, 2008 um 4:57 pm

Oh!!! Oatmeal square and coffee! Only you can make breakfast still seem so romantic! Those look delicious, by the way. I totally would love to have someone wake me and feed me those in bed. Ha ha… Lazy me!!!
I don’t usually eat breakfast (read: rarely), but when I do, it’s usually beans and toast. How English! ๐Ÿ˜›

Sunshinemom September 24, 2008 um 4:58 pm

Nothing really! Just thought I must tell you that Happyhomebaking is spelt as Happyhomemaking in your links – just that she happens to be a favourite with me too:)

Dana September 24, 2008 um 5:09 pm

These look FABULOUS! Breakfast is actually my favorite meal of the day :). During the week, it usually consists of yogurt and cereal/granola, hot oatmeal with milk and brown sugar, or cream of wheat. A favorite lately is homemade whole grain bread covered with fresh ricotta cheese and drizzled with honey (yum!). On the weekends…the possibilities are endless :). I’ll have to add these to my rotation!!

p.s. Sorry I’ve been totally MIA on your blog and mine lately. I’m going to post soon with an update explaining why I’ve been absent… The wedding was a big part of it!

Deborah September 24, 2008 um 5:12 pm

I am always the most hungry in the morning, so I can never skip it. And since I’m so hungry, I usually eat something a bit more substantial – usually eggs in a tortilla – but this would make the perfect mid-afternoon snack for me!

Miriam September 24, 2008 um 5:23 pm

I have a lovely fruity Muesli most days. The night before I soak a couple of spoonfuls of oats and a handful of raisins in cold water. In the morning I add whatever fruit I have: always banana, then maybe grated apple, usually berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) maybe chopped plum or nectarine, melon or mango if I have any – you get the picture. If I don’t have fresh fruit (just before a shop) I use tinned prunes.

Then I top with a spoonful of natural yoghourt and some sunflower seeds – all in all a lovely, juicy, health breakfast.

It’s a lovely,

Bridget September 24, 2008 um 5:47 pm

This is a great idea! I am usually a cereal girl for breakfast during the week, but these would be such a nice change. Perfect with a cup of tea…and for a little snack in the afternoon!

Varina September 24, 2008 um 5:52 pm

Hmmm, on a good day I just have some yaourt de montagne and jam, or something much worse. These would be perfect to crumble up and stir in said yogurt! Although, even though I have some, I think I’d skip the lavender.

Also, I should be ashamed, the typical Swiss children I take care of don’t eat nearly so well as you did at breakfast!

Emily Rose September 24, 2008 um 6:25 pm

I never ate breakfast until I became pregnant- then I was forced to eat it or I would feel sick. Usually breakfast is something I can make and eat with one hand (because my baby is in the other hand!)- mostly whole wheat toast with peanut butter

#1SAHM September 24, 2008 um 6:27 pm

you must’ve read my mind…I’ve been looking for lavender recipes! These look really good, thanks for posting!

Anna M. September 24, 2008 um 6:28 pm

I love breakfast…but am bad at making sure I eat it. As a child, my mother prepared breakfast for us every day…oftentimes serving it to us in bed with a cheery wake up call. Now, as an adult, when I do get the chance, it’s usually yogurt with granola, toast and fruit, or some cold cereal (not my favorite…but quick and cheap). I’m so excited to see these yummy breakfast squares…I CAN have delicious breakfast again! Who knows…maybe I’ll serve my husband breakfast in bed! Thanks! =)

jenniferhoiyin September 24, 2008 um 6:34 pm

I love simple oatmeal, with ground flax and wheat germ sweetened with maple syrup. Either that or some baked bread topped with sweetened ricotta. yum ๐Ÿ™‚ Those were two of my favorite posts to blog about too.

These look so yummy, I’ll have to make some soon.

MyKitchenInHalfCups September 24, 2008 um 6:57 pm

I can not skip breakfast or lunch or dinner as my husband can attest. One of my favorite things to fix for the busy weeks is my grits casserole (just put it up). Bake it and cut into squares then I have breakfast for 10 days. I also like Kalyn’s egg muffins.
I don’t need a lot, but I sure need something. My empty stomach is the enemy of the world.
Your oatmeal squares are just perfect.

My Sweet & Saucy September 24, 2008 um 6:59 pm

This looks like the perfect bed and breakfast treat…gorgeous and delicious!

Dewi September 24, 2008 um 7:08 pm

I am so making this for my family, especially for my cousin, who is going for early morning (5 AM) flight to Huston. This is so perfect! Thx.

Cannelle Et Vanille September 24, 2008 um 7:08 pm

helen, these are simply gorgeous photos… what a great breakfast! I’ll bring the coffee and the newspaper and I will be over in a bit!

Maria September 24, 2008 um 7:11 pm

I love breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day, right? I usually eat a whole grain cereal or oatmeal on the weekdays. I tend to eat at my desk! On the weekends we like to make breakfast treats…french toast is my all time favorite. We just did some peach pancakes that were pretty tasty too! We will have to try these oatmeal bars. They look fantastic!!

Anonymous September 24, 2008 um 7:25 pm

Oh yes! I’ll be making htese too. Maybe with pine nutes, or Earl Grey tea. Mmm, yummy!

Josephine September 24, 2008 um 7:28 pm

breakfast is one of my favorite meals; i hate skipping it, though i know it can be tough to find the time. my mon-fri breakfast is an egg white omelette with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes. if i’m lucky they might include some cooked beans with bits of onion, bacon, and a hint of chili.

i can’t wait to try this recipe! lavender + honey sounds heavenly. one question: how do i know what lavender is edible? i have some that i planted in my patio. how do i know if that’s ok to eat?

Chris September 24, 2008 um 7:41 pm

These sound yummy!

I am horrible about eating breakfast! Since I leave my house at 6AM, its just too early to fill my tummy. But, when I do eat its coffee (iced or hot) cream nno sugar, sometimes yogurt, cereal if I have a couple of minutes, but mostly fruit because a pear or apple is a driver friendly fruit. (Sorry Mr. Policeman!)

Give Tippy and Bailey a kiss for me!

Jen Yu September 24, 2008 um 7:54 pm

hrmmmm, i sometimes skip brekkie. i am not a brekkie fan. but lately i have been trying, so i like to eat… leftover dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ i prefer savory brekkie, but will usually eat fruit and some yogurt to be "good". i may give these bars a try!!

Katie September 24, 2008 um 8:10 pm

I have to eat breakfast in the mornings or else I can’t function. In the summer I like slices of pear and banana dipped into fromage frais and in the winter porridge with dates, cinnamon and dark choc or honey drizzle. Also love granola but often end up eating this around lunchtime.
Love the idea of the oaty squares and as you say so versatile.

Unknown September 24, 2008 um 8:23 pm

Oooh I have all the ingredients to actually make these right now! AND I’m at my university apartment at the moment (as opposed to home where the real baking can be done).

I’m curious, Helene, any suggestions for herbe de provence? My mom bought a whole big bag and doesn’t love it… so I’m ready to steal it from her but not sure what to do with it.

Unknown September 24, 2008 um 8:26 pm

Oh and for breakfast, I usually cut up a banana in a bowl (or berries or plums get the point) and drizzle a little honey and cinnamon over top, then a couple blobs of plain yogurt and then mix in some oats… my favorite.

Sylvie September 24, 2008 um 8:28 pm

Simply beautiful!

Angelica September 24, 2008 um 8:32 pm

Reading this post made me think of my boyfriend, who is also a coffee-for-breakfast kind of guy. He would love these squares, so I think I’ll have to give them a try!
Me, I eat fimjรถlk with lingonberry preserves or crisp bread for breakfast/lunch, but when I have to go to school or work I eat a bowl of oatmeal porridge (50 cl porridge oats, 100 cl water, pinch of salt and microwave for a minute or two) with our homemade lingonberry preserves and milk. Coffee is obligatory.

LizNoVeggieGirl September 24, 2008 um 8:37 pm

Fabulous post (as always)!!

**What I eat for breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY (yes, I’m a creature-of-habit): A bowl of banana/nut-butter oatmeal and a protein shake.

Anonymous September 24, 2008 um 8:43 pm

Helen i love these photographs- i might even dare to say my favorite! breakfast has never been my thing-unless you consider mochas breakfast(i do) but i want to try these! Gorgeous!!!

anadelicias September 24, 2008 um 8:50 pm

I love breakfast, peacefuly breakfast!! I take one of them for my tomorrow mornig breakfast.

Photos are wonderful!!


Helene September 24, 2008 um 9:00 pm

Josephine: I’d look for lavender that is labeled "edible". In case of a doubt or if you can’t find lavender labeled as food grade edible: heat up the honey in the microwave, add the lavender and let steep for a few minutes. Strain and proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.

Anonymous September 24, 2008 um 9:01 pm

I have a huge pack of oatmeal flakes in the cupboard I used only once, so your recipe is welcome !
Later I get up, better is it for breakfast. And usually it stays simply bread, butter and tea…

Lucy September 24, 2008 um 9:13 pm

Yummy squares there – what a charming breakfast! Every weekday i have a yoghurt and glass of milk, and at the weekends I either have muesli or nothing..which is strange as i have more time!! x

Lisa September 24, 2008 um 9:18 pm

I love coffee and pound cake for breakfast! I feel like such a renegade with all these healthy breakfast eaters, but honestly I can’t stomach cereal or yogurt or protein shakes or anything like that. The other favorite is a fried egg sandwich with a little bit of cheddar cheese, mayo and ketchup – the best! But i have to be up for a few hours before I can eat that much!

Love your posts and photos!

Liska September 24, 2008 um 9:37 pm

French toasts, porridge with milk and caramelized bananas, little pancakes with home made plum jam and sour cream, bruschetta and soups. I love soups for breakfast, although usually I’m too lazy to prepare them so early.
Your blog is fantastic. I come here every day.
Regards from Poland ๐Ÿ™‚

Liska September 24, 2008 um 9:37 pm

French toasts, porridge with milk and caramelized bananas, little pancakes with home made plum jam and sour cream, bruschetta and soups. I love soups for breakfast, although usually I’m too lazy to prepare them so early.
Your blog is fantastic. I come here every day.
Regards from Poland ๐Ÿ™‚

Lori September 24, 2008 um 9:50 pm

My breakfast is one of three choices due to mood or time.
1. three egg whites on english muffin with tomato.
2.bran flakes with milk and 10 almonds.
3. granola bars that I make every week practically.

I will definitely try your recipe as I am always looking for new ideas. And these are great ideas!

Mumsy September 24, 2008 um 9:52 pm

Helen–I love this!!!

I think I will finally be able to get my husband to eat something for breakfast. He usually doesn’t have time, but he could totally take this with him.

And….I wish I’d grown up at your house eating hot chocolate and croissants for breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ash September 24, 2008 um 10:17 pm

So cute! I will have to try them!

Clumbsy Cookie September 24, 2008 um 10:30 pm

Those are the kind of bars I like, I do very similar ones almost weeky. I eat them in the mid morning or afternoon. I love breakfast! It’s not like I wake up hungry, I just love the ritual. It’s like,ok, now the day’s starting! I allways have a very hot latte and usually bread and ham or cheese, or a buttered toast.

That Girl September 24, 2008 um 11:05 pm

I always feel like anything with oatmeal is automatically healthy.

Anonymous September 24, 2008 um 11:34 pm

Today my breakfast thoughts were on cake – too funny!

I guess we’re playing opposite day.

Esi September 25, 2008 um 12:05 am

I love this and I just picked up some lavender. My breakfast is usually just an egg and then a piece of fruit for later in the morning. Totally boring ๐Ÿ™‚

Rachael Hutchings September 25, 2008 um 12:25 am

I love breakfast foods, but am not a big breakfast eater. I LOVE brunch. I just can’t handle a lot of food very early in the morning. I loved the simple breakfasts that the mother of the family I lived with in France would prepare, probably because they were nice and light! Now I tend to eat a piece of toast and half of a grapefruit. I have had to be more conscientious about what I eat because I’m pregnant.

PheMom September 25, 2008 um 12:51 am

Lots of pancakes and lots of instant breakfast. These oatmeal squares are a godsend for me though because I was just about to start the hunt for a good base recipe. Aidan likes these for a fast (ie, slept too long) breakfast before school (8am kindergarten – what was I thinking?!) Thanks for posting these!

wuxiapiank September 25, 2008 um 1:06 am

Today I had banana cake for breakfast!

Usually though I have cornflakes with sultanas and LSA (ground linseed, sunflowers, and almonds).

Eileen September 25, 2008 um 1:27 am

I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas. This sounds very healthy! Thanks Helen.

Eileen September 25, 2008 um 1:29 am

Oh…. I forgot to tell you what I eat for breakfast. I usually start out with a cappuccino. A little bit later I’ll eat something; either toast with jam, muffins (if I have some made) or if I’m really hungry– 2 fried eggs with toast.

Camille September 25, 2008 um 1:59 am

I don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, but I’ve learned to have a few bites of something. Lately I’ve been on an oats kick..heart health and all that kind of thing…and I eat a little granola with some rice milk.

These, delicious looking squares look right for me. And, I think my kids will love them to bring when we are on the run to activities.

Mary September 25, 2008 um 2:05 am

Hooray! I’ve got this one bookmarked and I’m finally not scared to try one of your recipes! I’m making these tomorrow for sure! I’ve even got all the ingredients. (I’m such a dork that I’m this excited.)

For breakfast I have a cup of Cheerios and a 1/2 cup of 1% milk almost every day. Today I had some early morning errands to run so it was a pumpkin nonfat latte and some cold noodles. But that was really more like brunch…

Anita September 25, 2008 um 2:20 am

I need to have breakfast, but it’s usually something light like cereal or yogurt. I love Hong dim sum breakfasts, but can’t do it too often or I’ll pack on the pounds! I really love your photos and the "sequence" of tying the bars together!

Sara September 25, 2008 um 2:36 am

I had a great lavender honey creme brulee at a local restaurant – it definitely made me realize that lavender can be quite delicious in baked goods.

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 3:26 am

Total egg guy. I need a change and something healthier but with flavor – this is great!


K and S September 25, 2008 um 3:27 am

I am bookmarking this and giving this a try soon!

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 3:32 am

This post couldn’t have come at a better time- I, too, have been having trouble squeezing in a decent breakfast every morning, despite how much I love breakfast foods! This sounds so perfect, I’ll just have to veganize it and try it out. Thanks for sharing!

Y September 25, 2008 um 3:39 am

Those bars sound really delicious. I am a creature of habit. I love toast and a nice piece of cheese in the morning, except for days when I have to work then it’s just whatever is available at work – often a bit of sourdough bread and some fruit.

Alexa September 25, 2008 um 3:41 am

What a delicious way to start or continue a day… Provence in a bar.
I have left you an award on my blog. Thank you for delighting my day every time I visit you Helen.:-)

mayan. September 25, 2008 um 3:54 am

I am truly a breakfast devotee and those bars look like breakfast-heaven to me. I wish it was breakfast now…and that I was in your kitchen.

Kitchen M September 25, 2008 um 4:03 am

I’m definitely a breakfast eater!
I can’t function without fueling myself. I get tired of eating same thing over and over again, so I don’t really have "my usual" type of breakfast item other than coffee. But lately I have been eating yogurt with some fruits (fresh or frozen) and sprinkling granola – kind of like yogurt parfait. It’s light, tasty and easy to make! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Manger La Ville September 25, 2008 um 4:08 am

You make breakfast sophisticated. I love lavender…this would be a great option for breakfast. I mean: it’s a grab and go.

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 4:39 am

Just the kind of oat slice I was looking for. Interesting addition with the yogurt. This is on my must try list!

Rosa's Yummy Yums September 25, 2008 um 5:27 am

An unusual combo! Very original and surely highly delicious!



Mallory Elise September 25, 2008 um 5:42 am

oh those are so cute, i love it!! the string. i made little bars similar once with peanut butter and jelly, and wrapped them each in a little parchment with string and a flower sticker. if i had a phrase for baking (which i have on my photo portfolio) its presentation–c’est tout!

i like to hear that you were in a masters for history, i think all of the most brilliant people, in any field, all somehow studied history in their life. no matter what we end up doing, i dont think there is anything more worth human attention in study than history. but thats just me maybe.

ChichaJo September 25, 2008 um 5:49 am

I love breakfast!!! Yes it’s my favorite meal and a nice ritual for me in the morning…even if it’s just coffee and yogurt ๐Ÿ™‚ Regular days I just have coffee, and yogurt or cereal (I love all kinds of cereal, from oatmeal to quinoa porrdige!). Sometimes, I’ll use leftovers from the night before to make a quick breakfast. I also like butter and jam tartines so I would have loved your childhood breakfasts! If I’ve got more time, like during the weekends, then I’ll whip up a true Filipino breakfast of fried rice, fried egg, and cured beef/pork or sausage or smoked fish ๐Ÿ™‚

These delicious squares are definitely going into my breakfast file!

Snooky doodle September 25, 2008 um 6:13 am

these look yummy and are easy to make . I ll make them for my next breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Usually my breakfast consists of cereal and milk if i have time if not only coffee.

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 6:14 am

Cette recette a l’air vraiment dรฉlicieuse, mais pour les proportions, qu’est-ce que รงa donne en grammes ?

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 8:00 am

Helen, these look amazing and they’re portable!! During the week I usually have breakfast in the office, cappucino and brioche usually. On weekends I like to have a Canadian breakfast, French Vanilla coffee, pancakes or waffles and maple syrup! My favourite breakfast in the one I get in a lovely bar in my husband’s hometown. Cappucino and fresh pastries!

Botacook September 25, 2008 um 8:02 am

Superbes ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous September 25, 2008 um 8:44 am

I love it whenever someone make a suggestion for breakfast! Especially when your oatmeal squares can be made the night before. This helps a lot ’cause I’m part-zombie in the morning, if you get what I mean…

We always have muesli with sour milk and a couple of tomato bruschetta on a good morning.

Chou September 25, 2008 um 12:24 pm

Yum! I will make these tomorrow! I eat everything for breakfast, but my favorite is a fried egg over greens with vinaigrette. However, I generally eat oatmeal (also good, especially with apples, yogurt and caramel).

Unknown September 25, 2008 um 12:55 pm

I always have a big cup of Mango flavoured black tea and a bowl of oat cinnamon ceral. But I’m lucky that I can have it at my desk when I get into the office every morning

Breadpitt September 25, 2008 um 1:40 pm

i have oatmeal but just plain will satisfied me and a cup of coffee for sure!!! wonderful cookies. love the cookies to be tied up like this , and the recipe were versatile too…. eye pleasing to view your post!

Dee September 25, 2008 um 2:19 pm

I’m definitely making this – I have breakfast at noon, but I really need to amp the health factor. I was eyeing the french chocolate granola recipe but this does seem more waist-friendly.

Your pictures are stunning. I’m in awe.

AnnaVallance September 25, 2008 um 2:27 pm

I love breakfast and am lucky to have a husband who makes it for me every weekday morning. My favourites are oatmeal with blueberries or raspberries, pancakes, or just bread and cheese and jam. And lots of coffee, of course.

Alejandra Ramos September 25, 2008 um 3:04 pm

I’m lucky to have a rather delicious cafeteria at work and often buy my breakfast here. I’ll usually fix a plate of ricotta with fresh berries drizzled with honey, sliced almonds, flaxseeds, and a bit of shredded coconut. On the weekends, my boyfriend and I take turns feeding each other. I’ll make him thick fluffy pancakes with some kind of fruit…he makes egg-things (scrambles, omelettes, etc.) Of course, breakfast on weekends usually happens around 1 or 2 or (gasp!) 3, when we actually pull ourselves out of bed…

Oh one final thought…he is russian and the times I’ve eaten with his family we’ve had very delicious but un-breakfasty things like caviar on blinis, sausages, cake, and black bread spread with butter and horseradish. Delicious but very unexpected.

Josephine September 25, 2008 um 3:43 pm

thanks for the tip, helen!

please sir September 25, 2008 um 4:47 pm

Thanks for visiting! Oh yum these look and sound yummy – and the photos are amazing!

Aimรฉe September 25, 2008 um 5:05 pm

I try to set a good example for the little ones: oatmeal porridge with a tray of good wholesome toppings such as granola, coconut, wheat germ, honey, craisins, maple syrup and cinnamon sugar. Some time we pile everything on. I like to top it with cream.

Vanillaorchid September 25, 2008 um 6:59 pm

I love breakfast and I cannot miss it as you said breakfast is important.

Your lavender oatmeal squares are fantastic!

Mrs.French September 25, 2008 um 7:22 pm

this is a recipe I am dying to try…one of my favorite breakfast spots made oatmeal, lavender muffins and then just stopped one day…thanks to this post the memories come flooding back…I can almost taste them now. xo Traci

Parisbreakfasts September 25, 2008 um 8:12 pm

HOT CHOCOLATE first thing and I love the ritual of making it, even at 5 AM.
Then Greek yogurt with some blueberries and a bit of honey..
Maybe I need to go to the Luberon vit!

montague September 25, 2008 um 9:34 pm

a perfect partner for coffee it would seem! love that top shot, with slivered almonds in the background?

Anonymous September 26, 2008 um 2:30 am

Looks great. I have to try making this this upcoming weekend. I normally have a smoothie made with silken tofu, yogurt, oatmeal, flax seeds, and frozen fruit.

Botany's Desire September 26, 2008 um 3:26 am

Oh my, I love breakfast. I can eat it anytime of the day or evening.

My favorite is wholegrain pancakes with blueberries and grounded flaxseeds mixed into the batter and then pore too much pure maple syrup over them.

Another favorite is a toasted pita with a cooked egg with asparagas, tomato and sliced avocado.

Then on Sundays if I have time I love lavender scones baked with fresh blueberries and lots of creamy natural butter. Yummm

Anonymous September 26, 2008 um 3:41 am

During the week my breakfast is coffee and a banana and whichever cold cereal is available. On the weekends after a looong bike ride I look forward to eggs fried in the middle of a piece of challah that has a hole cut out of it. YUM. Thanks for your fantastic blog!

Helene September 26, 2008 um 4:02 am

Thank you everyone! I have now a pile of yummy, healthy and decadent breakfast ideas!!

g_lav: I use herbes de provence on meats and fish before grilling, veggies, etc…Basically I use it in everything that can be seasoned!! In our house it replaces Italian seasoning, basil, oregano,…you name it, when I can’t use fresh.

Mercotte September 26, 2008 um 5:19 am

Tes photos m’impressionnent de plus en plus !! c’est superbe !

Cakebrain September 26, 2008 um 5:33 am

I love breakfast. What would I love to have for breakfast ideally: Hot chocolate and a flaky croissant or brioche with strawberry preserves. What I end up really eating: occasionally leftovers (I like salad!–I know it's weird) if I have time, a cup of green tea and a handful of my various vitamins/supplements like omega 3's & probiotics! Weekend Brunch fave: Eggs benny.

Anonymous September 26, 2008 um 12:10 pm

this is a fantastic Idea! i’ve been having problem eating a decent breakfast lately and this would be perfect to just munch on with my coffee in the morning!

Kana September 26, 2008 um 2:04 pm

I can’t wait for your book to be published!!! What are great idea – oats are for you and the lavender will calm you down.

Flo Bretzel September 26, 2008 um 8:44 pm

"Tell me about your breakfast". That’s funny, I ask exactly the same question today.

Fifi Flowers September 26, 2008 um 11:38 pm

That looks like the perfect breakfast! Love the paper the coffee is sitting on!
ENJOY your weekend!

Art of Dessert September 27, 2008 um 4:21 am

These oatmeal bars are perfect…and so versatile too! Gotta have a cup of coffee in the morning, maybe some cereal or yogurt.

Anonymous September 28, 2008 um 9:54 pm

Thank you for the healthy recipe :o) I just made these!!! I didn’t have any lavender buds or almonds around, so I used pieced of cut up dried mango, and peanut butter…. and maple syrup instead of honey. Thank you for sharing this!! They’re delicious… I just cut off a little edge for a test taste. I think I’m going to freeze them, and grab one on my way to work in the mornings… I find myself not feeling like eating when I wake up, but definitely needing substance an hour or two later. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous September 29, 2008 um 1:49 pm

I loved your Daring Baker post and this one looks wonderful too โ€” and easy to tweak to be gluten-free. Trail bars (breakfast bars) are a staple in my diet and I appreciate new recipes! Lavender buds? I’ve never tried anything like that. Sounds lovely.

Patricia Scarpin September 29, 2008 um 5:05 pm

Oh, sweetie, I wish I could have proper breakfast everyday. I’ll usually have a latte and a slice of bread with raspberry/strawberry jam.

These bars sound amazing! I’ll be translating the post for my teenage sister – she’s into baking now, too, and I’m sure she’ll love taking these to school for a quick bite.

LyB September 30, 2008 um 7:00 pm

My daughter would love these! She has a hard time eating breakfast before going to school so I have to come up with "treats" (ie: muffins, banana bread) so she actually eats instead of mumbling in front of her plate. Thanks so much for this recipe!

Jesse October 4, 2008 um 11:40 pm

Oh yum!! I’m making these this weekend! I’m either a granola and yogurt girl or a slice of bread and jam. I like adding the yogurt to this for that little protein pick up in the AM. can’t wait!

Anonymous October 5, 2008 um 2:55 am

I made these with agava and loved them. I also ran the recipe through a nutrition web site and got good news. Serving size of 1/9 is 134 calories, 4 g fat, 20g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5g sugars, and 5g protein.

Helene October 5, 2008 um 6:11 am

Thank you Anonymous for running this through a recipe-calorie calculator! I knew they were healthy but now here’s proof!!

Lael Meidal October 7, 2008 um 2:20 am

oh yum. need I say more? I love oats and I lovelove lavender. I’ve even been looking for a granola bar recipe to make a big batch of for when I’m on the run. I just found it! Thank you.

Anonymous October 14, 2008 um 11:16 pm

these were yummy. just made some with chopped dried apricots, chopped pistachios, sesame seeds, and even a few pumpkin seeds instead of the lavender. thank you so much for the recipe. i had been using a recipe similar but with loads of butter and brown sugar, yogurt and honey work much better…. i usually have a piece of fruit and some tea for breakfast. maybe gnaw on a bit of bread.

Suzy February 7, 2009 um 9:14 pm

I pretty much always eat either whole wheat toast with peanut butter or oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, and toasted nuts. And coffee, of course. Always coffee.

These sound delicious!! I’m curious, are they more chewy or crunchy?

Helene February 8, 2009 um 4:30 am

Suzy: I’d say they are more chewy than crunchy. Hope they work out for you!

Darlene March 28, 2009 um 1:45 pm

I eat oatmeal (the old-fashioned type) for breakfast every day. I also add flax seed meal, walnuts and milk to the oatmeal. I definitely need my cup of coffee (made from fresh ground beans) in the morning too.

Your oatmeal bars sound yummy. I definitely will be making them.

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