Dump and Done – Breakfast Power Bar

A little boost of energy in the morning is something most of us seek, especially during what can be dreary mornings in winter. This breakfast bar is so easy – you literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together, bake, and you are done!

One of the ingredients in these bars is cream cheese, which adds another layer of creaminess. However, if you are lactose intolerant, or don’t have cream cheese on hand when you decide to make this recipe, another similar bar posted on this blog is Healthy Banana Granola Bars which does not use cream cheese. 

When I make these, I individually package and freeze them (recipe makes 10 bars). They are a great grab and go anytime. I especially like to grab one when it’s gym day. By the time I’m done with my workout the bar is defrosted and I have a tasty treat to eat on the way home. Some days it’s the only thing that motivates me to get through my workout – sad but true. 

Walnuts and toasted flax seed add a nutty flavor to these bars.

When I was thinking of the title for this blog I was reminded of something we used to do back in the day – way back. There was a small group of us (we were young adults) that would put together a couple of food items and gifts and leave it on someone’s front porch, ring the doorbell, and run away so that the recipient didn’t know who the gift giver was. We used to call this a Dump and Run. We chose a family in need or less fortunate household to receive these gifts. Our little group put a lot of thought into what the family needed and made it our mission to give something that would brighten their day. Food was always an important part of the gift. We did this for several years and were happy knowing it brought joy to people in need. Unfortunately, in today’s society with porch thieves stealing packages, this charitable action would not work.  

Give yourself and your family the “gift” of these tasty oat-walnut bars. Just “dump” the ingredients, mix together, and bake. No running necessary!

Serves 10

Oat-Walnut Breakfast Bars

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  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep an 8" square baking dish with butter or spray with PAM.
  2. Dump all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Spread mixture into baking dish, smooth out, and bake for 30 minutes. (Mixture will be brown around the edges.
  4. Let cool and then cut into 10 bars.


Calories: 259 cal
Carbohydrates: 34 g
Fat: 13 g
Sodium: 99 g
Cholesterol: 13 g
Protein: 5 g
Fiber: 4 g

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