Copycat Nutri Grain Bars. Soft, oatmeal bars filled with delicious, homemade fruit jam. These are so good that you will never want to buy store breakfast bars again.
Starting this blog has been one of the most fun things I have ever done. Example A: Photo above. If I were not writing this, I doubt I ever would have thought, “I wonder if I can make my own Nutri Grain bars?” But I am, so I did. And I have made my hands down favorite ever breakfast bar.
Our weekday morning schedule is quite structured. Especially for my son. He wakes up, eats yogurt and drinks milk, and then goes to preschool. At preschool, he wants to immediately sit down and eat a breakfast bar (usually Nutri Grain or WalMart’s version of the same).
Recently I was running low on lunch snacks for myself, so I poached one of my son’s bars to take to work with me. Those Nutri Grain people make a good product. I got addicted and started adding them to my lunchbox everyday.
After a few weeks, I started thinking that I could probably make my son and I a similar bar. I told my son about my idea and he wanted to be a part of making them too (pictured below). My goal was to make a soft bar with a fruit filling, that was healthier and tastier than the store brand.
We had to try a few times to get these just right. The first time they were tasty, but the coating cracked too much when I tried to fold it. The second time I added more liquid, and it was a success. These were able to roll as thin as I wanted, and hold the filling through baking. The tops cracked a little, but I’m okay with that … it adds a little character.
These are so delicious. You could easily change the filling to homemade jam with a different fruit, store bough jam, peanut butter, Nutella (ohhh that makes me happy to think about), or whatever else you could imagine. You can do no wrong these delicious breakfast treats.
Copycat Nutri Grain Bars
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup plus 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup milk plus 2 tbsp milk
- 3 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp sugar
- In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine berries, lemon juice and sugar.
- Stir very frequently. As the berries soften, use your spoon to squish them a bit.
- Once mixture comes to a boil, use a thermometer to measure temperature. When the mixture reaches 220 degrees, remove from heat. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Allow filling to cool completely before using for bars.
- In a large bowl or base of stand mixer, stir together almond flour, 1 cup of all purpose flour, corn starch, oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Once combined, add melted butter, coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, honey, and 1/4 cup milk. Beat until a soft dough forms, about 3 minutes.
- Form dough into a ball as best you can (the dough is very sticky), and cover in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours.
- Flour a working surface with about 1/4 cup flour (I use a Wilton fondant mat). Using your hands, spread out dough as best as you can. Sprinkle top of dough with extra flour and roll to about 1/8-1/4" thickness.
- Cut dough into 4 inch by 4 inch squares.
Assembly and Baking
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Fill bars with about 2 tbsp of filling in the center of each square. Turn two sides of square in toward each other so that it makes a rectangle. Gently squeeze ends of the rectangle together to seal in the filling.
- Place rectangle seem side down on prepared baking sheet.
- Brush tops of bars with remaining milk. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until bars are starting to turn a light golden brown.
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