Ricotta bars

Photo: Con Poulos

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Whole grain baker Kim Boyce's Ricotta Breakfast Bars—which are made with barley flour, pecans, prunes, ricotta and poppy seeds—look a lot like biscotti, and Ellie Krieger's version of breakfast cookies—with whole wheat pastry flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, mashed carrots, rolled oats, bran cereal flakes, raisins and walnuts—fall somewhere between cookies and granola bars. If you're going to eat a sweet breakfast, these will keep you sated much longer than a bowl full of sugary cereal.