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Friday, October 14, 2011

at home or on the GO

{almost} nutri-grain bars [original recipe]

My girls enjoy {nutri-grain} cereal bars [and the generic equivalents], but I really wanted to know that they were actually getting good nutrients out of it [especially when it was breakfast!], AND I was wondering about cutting the cost. So I googled it [lol] and found the above recipe to be the closest to something I was looking for. After making it according to that recipe, I made a few tweaks and made another pan -and they are [both] YUMMO!

breakfast {in a bar}: 
[preheat: 325. grease: 9x13. bake: 30 min]

[dry] stir together:
1 1/3 cup wheat flour
1 1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp each salt/baking powder
1/4 tsp allspice

[wet] mix together:
1 egg
1/2 cup [homemade] applesauce {what I used was homemade apple/pear butter}
1 tsp vanilla extract

10 oz [aprox 1/14 cup] jelly or jam [homemade is wonderful here] 
{I omitted the water and simply warmed it on the stovetop to help it be spreadable.}
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit and 2 Tbsp nut chopped {I used dry, roasted edemame as we have a nut allergy in the house.} 

combine dry and wet ingredients. proceed as the other recipe: 1/2 spread in the bottom of a 9x13 greased pan. spread out the jelly. sprinkle with the dried fruits/nuts. cover with other 1/2 of the oat mixture {the oat dough is quite sticky and is not really spreadable so it can be a slightly messy process}. 
bake at 325 for 30 minutes. can make 12+ bars depending upon how large you cut them.

Wrap individually in wax paper for easy grabbing. place in plastic bag/container. 
Currently, they have kept about 5 days at room temp, but I am sure they would keep longer in the refrigerator. though I am not sure you will need them to!


I have not yet figured out the cost per bar [equivalent size to the prepackaged], but I do know that these TASTE so much BETTER.

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  1. Those Look Yummy!! I love to have healthy home made things on hand to grab on the go. It's nice to know that everyone is enjoying what they are eating AND it's so good for them!

  2. This sounds delicious!! I think I am going to try it with gluten free flour. I am planning on making homemade apple sauce this week and love that this recipe has applesauce in it!


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