Cherry Cheesecake Baked Breakfast Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Baked Breakfast Bars
  • 35M Total Time

  • 10M Prep Time

  • 10 Ingredients

  • 10 Servings

These easy, make-ahead bars are perfect for busy mornings. They freeze beautifully and can be grabbed to go. Microwave for only a few seconds for a warm breakfast.


This recipe was developed for the Egg Nutrition Center by Serena Ball, MS, RD, a food writer and registered dietitian nutritionist. She blogs at sharing tricks to help families find healthy kitchen hacks and shortcuts. Follow her @TspCurry on Twitter and Snapchat.

Serena Ball, MS, RD


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. To a large bowl, add oats, cracker crumbs, cereal, chia seeds, cherries, and nuts; stir.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, honey, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together with a whisk or a fork. Pour over oats mixture and mix thoroughly.

  4. Spread mixture into prepared baking pan; flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is set. (Bars should still be soft, not golden brown.) Cool.

  5. Mix together cream cheese and milk with a fork. Drizzle over cooled bars. Store in the refrigerator; eat cold or microwave about 10 seconds on HIGH. Or freeze for busy mornings; microwave about 45 seconds on LOW/MEDIUM.


  • 2 cups Quick-cooking oats (or old fashioned oats)
  • 3 each Whole graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
  • 1 cup Ring-shaped cereal (like Cheerios®), slightly crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Almonds, chopped (or walnuts or peanuts) (optional)
  • 1 cup Unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp 1/3 Less-fat cream cheese, softened (or Neufchatel cheese)
  • 1.5 Tbsp 1% Milk (skim or 2% milk will work as well)

To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.

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