This recipe comes from Carrie’s Cooking (www.carriescooking.com), a website I found when I was looking for a good homemade cereal bar recipe – you know, like the Nutri-grain bars? My kids love those things, but they also happen to be full of high-fructose corn syrup! Time to find a better alternative. I really like this recipe for its simplicity, and even better, I already had all the ingredients on hand. Bingo!
Almost Nutri-Grain Bars (from Carrie at www.carriescooking.com)
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 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup apple juice
10 ounces jam (apricot, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, or apple butter)
1 tablespoon water
Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Add the oil, egg, vanilla, and apple juice, and mix with a spoon or a mixer.
Press 2/3 of the mix evenly into a greased 8×12 pan.
Mix the jam with the water, and spread evenly over the mix.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top, and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Before cutting, cool completely.
I used regular oats, not instant. For the jam, I used strawberry. I was very pleased with the end result. I think I probably could have spread more of the batter on the bottom, but overall they taste great! My son inhaled them for his after-school snack. They are also very packable for lunches. I am very pleased to have found a healthy alternative that is easy to make at home!