Overnight Breakfast Bars

High Cotton Food Styling & Photography
  • Yield: 18 servings

"With a son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren coming to spend the night with us, I was looking for a breakfast recipe that could be prepared ahead of time, would not take too long to cook in the morning, and would provide a nice tasty hot meal that everyone would like. I cobbled one together that became my grandchildren's all-time favorite. Its success has been a mixed blessing. Every time the grandchildren come for a visit, they want me to make this recipe. I have now been showing them how to make it, as well."


1 1/4cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2cups old-fashioned oats
2tablespoons flax meal (optional)
1teaspoon baking powder
1tablespoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon salt
2teaspoons ground cinnamon
1cup granulated sugar
1/2cup packed light brown sugar
2/3cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/3cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
2medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2cup packed light brown sugar
1teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. To prepare bars, combine flour, oats, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at low speed until just blended. Increase speed to high and beat well. Blend in eggs and buttermilk. Decrease speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, beating until just blended and scraping sides of bowl. Fold in apples. Pour into pan.
  4. To prepare topping, combine walnuts, brown sugar and ground cinnamon; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Uncover pan and let stand for 30 minutes. Bake 45 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Recipe by Louise Thureen, Two Harbors, Minn.