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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Almost Nutri-Grain Bars

I have been looking for a recipe for a homemade breakfast bar that had ingredients that I have available at home on a regular basis. I generally find recipes that have ingredients that I have either have never heard of or can only be find in health food stores. Check out this recipe.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup apple juice
10 ounces jam (apricot, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, or apple butter)
1 tablespoon water


  1. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the oil, egg, vanilla, and apple juice, and mix with a spoon or a mixer.
  3. Press 2/3 of the mix evenly into a greased 8x12 pan.
  4. Mix the jam with the water, and spread evenly over the mix.
  5. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top, and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Before cutting, cool completely.


Shilah said...

Hi, Carrie. These sound delicious and healthy. I've been trying to find an variety of breakfast bar or cookie recipes. Do you think these bars are freezable?

Carrie said...


I have never tried to freeze them. However, I have frozen cookies enough to think that they would. Let me know if you try how they turn out.


Dana said...

I am so excited to try these tomorrow!! Thank you

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the recipe, it will save tons of money!

Sarah said...

I found out that Nutrigrain bars have artificial food dye in them, and immediately scoured the web for a similar recipe..

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

I made two batches (Planned to try out freezing them) and my family has already demolished the first batch!!

My husband, 3 year old and picky 1 year old unanimously agreed that these were better than store bought.

And they cost pennies to make!!!

Anonymous said...

Could you use applesauce instead of oil?

Muncho Mom said...

These sound great! If I added wheat germ to the dry ingredients, would I need to compensate by adding more liquid?

Would love to post this recipe on my food blog if that is ok with you (giving you credit).

Brianne said...

I had to add a touch more liquid to the dry mix because King Arthur Flour seems to ALWAYS need a bit more liquid than other wheat flours ... and used olive oil since I figured there was going to be enough sweet stuff to offset the sort of ... bland, staleish taste of the olive oil. It worked. Also, the juice I used was a blackberry/blueberry/acai mix and it still came out wonderfully!

Also, for the filling, I used Welch's All Natural Strawberry Jelly and figured since it wasn't jam I wouldn't need to cut it with water. I think next time I -might-, since it made the insides a bit thick. But, yeesh. I don't know if these bars are going to survive until the morning for my son! Haha.

I think I might double the dry ingredient part next time, too. I made 1.5 and I think doubling it would perfectly make a cover for the bars - since crumbling my mixture wasn't an option.

But yes. These are divine. Thank you!