Healthy Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars
You can imagine my surprise when I found packaged cereal bars in my hubby’s truck! Smiling he admitted that he’d been enjoying the store bought goody. I had to smile, it was like I’d caught his hand in the cookie jar!
He knows I like to feed our family healthy versions of their favorite treats, so he knew I wouldn’t be pleased.
Taking a look at the long list of ingredients that go into the real ones I went to work creating a recipe for homemade Nutri Grain bars.
Before I got started I took another glance at the ingredient list on the back of the package. I was not surprised to see I could not only not pronounce most of the ingredients, but there were so many I gave up reading them.
Here is my step-by-step healthy version of homemade nutri grain bars.
Take 1 cup of old fashion oatmeal and run it through your food processor until it is a fine oat flour.
In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 egg.
Add the 1 cup of oat flour to 1 cup of all-purpose unbleached flour, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder in a separate bowl. Slowly mix in the butter mixture. Your dough will be slightly sticky.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for one hour.
Once your dough has been chilled, roll it out into a rectangle between the sheet of plastic wrap and a sheet of wax paper. This will keep the dough from sticking to your counter and rolling pin. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut into 3″x 4″ inch pieces.
Spread one tablespoon of your favorite fruit jam or fruit pie filling down the center of each piece. Fold the sides in so they are overlapping and pinch the edges closed so the fruit filling will not come out.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack and wrap individually and store in an airtight container.
These homemade Nutri Grain bars are a healthy version of the popular cereal bars my family loves.
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup old fashion oats blended in a food processor until a fine oat powder
- 1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 8 tablespoons of your favorite fruit jam or fruit pie filling
- Mix the melted butter, honey, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oat flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add creamed ingredients to your dry ingredients with an electric mixer until it is well incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour. Once chilled, roll out between a sheet of wax paper and plastic wrap so it doesn't stick to your rolling pin or counter.
- Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough, and using a pizza cutter cut into 3X4 inch rectangles. Spread the fruit down the center and fold over, pinch the ends to keep the filling in. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. To keep these soft, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
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