For years, I struggled to find the perfect dairy-free breakfast bars. They need to be hearty, but with a tender texture. Simple wholesome ingredients are a must, so the taste is like homemade. And they can’t be too high in sugars. Luckily, all of my desires were met the day I tried Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals. These oat-y, satisfying snacks are my favorite grab-and-go bites in the morning. Here’s why …
This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but we only share honest opinions and experiences. The photos are by Hannah Kaminsky.
Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals are High in Whole Grains, but Free of Top Allergens
Aside from the unique shape, which really is quite clever, there are a few things that set these breakfast bars apart from other brands.
Each Enjoy Life Breakfast Oval has at least 20 grams of whole grains (the Apple Cinnamon flavor pictured above contains 21 grams!). Their hearty recipe includes three types of oats: rolled oats, quick oat flakes, and steel cut oats (plus pure ground oat flour). And they use two of my favorite whole grain gluten-free flours, sorghum flour and buckwheat flour.
Peanut- and tree nut-free policies at schools can seem tricky, but Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals are an easy solution. They’re gluten-free and made without the 14 top allergens, including milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, and soy. So they can suit dietary needs for your child, and their classmates! Your little will enjoy them as a grab-and-go breakfast, a snack at school, or even on field trips where safe food might be in short supply.
The joyous redesign of Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals will make you smile. It’s kid-friendly, yet we find it affectionately adorable too! You might see some of their prior packaging on the shelves for a little while, but the new look is rolling out. It’s still grounded with the company’s signature, allergy-friendly teal color, but now has cheerful artistry to brighten your day. Seriously! Don’t tell me the corners of your mouth don’t edge up at least a little when you look at those boxes.
Lower Sugar, Naturally
Since I do have a sweet tooth, I try to watch added sugars and cut back in places that make sense. Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals are sweetened simply with brown sugar and dates, and contain no sugar substitutes. Yet, they’re lower in added sugars than all of the competitor breakfast bars I’ve tried, and have a good balance of nutrition that keeps my body and brain energized.
I’m dairy-free, not gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, etc. I don’t have dietary restrictions that would warrant top allergen-free. But Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals are my favorite breakfast bars – hands down. Hannah, our Go Dairy Free contributor for 15 years, is vegan without limits. And she concurs – these convenient snacks are delicious! Hannah’s top vote is for the Chocolate Chip Banana, because the hint of cinnamon adds warmth, sweetness, and complexity. “It’s a healthy sort of treat that doesn’t taste like a compromise or sacrifice.”
The initial formula of Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals was a bit crumbly. But they’ve since mastered the bake to make each bite both soft and cohesive. They’re tender and slightly chewy, but more cake-y than cookie-like. And each oval is individually wrapped, for breakfast anywhere, anytime. I often pack along the Maple Fig, since it’s my favorite flavor first thing in the morning.
Where to Buy Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals
These delicious breakfast bars are available at Sprouts, Winn Dixie, Albertsons, Wegmans, Shoprite, Meijer, and other major retailers in the U.S. See their store locator for a store nearest you. Or, order direct! You can buy all varieties online at enjoylifefoods.com. They ship to customers throughout the U.S.