Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars

It’s that time of year again when I’m starting to run out of homemade snack ideas.  Even though I just had a break from baking treats/snacks, I feel like a need some new ideas and inspiration.

I want my kids to have a little treat in their lunch everyday but I also want it to be somewhat healthy. That’s when I thought about making these Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars.  My kids like the store-bought version but I don’t tend to buy them often.  So I knew these would be a hit if they found them in their lunch bags.

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars | A Sweet Baker

When the kids got home from school they wanted to have another one of these bars for a snack.  Yes! They were a hit! These bars are something I can make again for their lunches, especially since I can change up the fruit inside to whatever I have on hand.

Next time I make these I’m definitely making a double batch since this recipe only makes 8 bars.  That doesn’t last long in my house!  I know these wouldn’t go to waste with three growing kids who love to eat!

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars | A Sweet Baker

This week I’m going to make it my mission to come up with some more healthy snack ideas so that I can send my kids to school with tasty, nutritious snacks and avoid the store-bought treats.  Everyone, I’m sure, gets stuck in a rut with it comes to their kids lunches so I hope I can give you some inspiration in the coming weeks!

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 8 bars

A healthier, homemade version of Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars. Perfect for school lunches.

Ingredients

    For the Strawberry Filling:
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. water
  • For the Dough:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp.butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

For the Strawberry Filling:
In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, lemon and sugar. Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries until desired consistency. If you want a smoother consistency you can puree them if you wish.
Bring strawberries and sugar to a boil. In a small cup, whisk together the cornstarch and water and add to the strawberry mixture. Continue to boil for 2-3 minutes and then let cool completely while you make the dough.
For the Dough:
In a medium size bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, corn starch, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine butter, yogurt, honey, egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until well combined and then slowly add the dry ingredients until all ingredients are incorporated.
Remove dough from bowl and divide into two balls.
Working on a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with whole wheat flour, roll out one ball of dough into a rectangle.
Using a pizza cutter, cut out two pieces, 4"X4.5" each.
Gather up dough and roll out again to get two more pieces. Repeat for the other ball of dough.
Once you have 8 pieces of dough, place 1 Tbsp. of Strawberry filling down the middle.
Fold one side over to other, leaving about 1/4" uncovered. Press down each end to seal. Fold over the 1/4 inch you left uncovered to seal up the bar. Place the bar seam-side down on a prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Remove from fridge and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Place in an airtight container to allow the warm air to keep them moist.
Enjoy!
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Recipe slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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Comments

  1. seasonssuppers says:

    What a great idea and so easy to change up the fruit inside depending on what’s good. My daughter would like these!

  2. These look terrific, Liz! I’m with you — I need more snack ideas for the kids because I can’t stand them trying to eat things out of wrappers all the time! These would be perfect, and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. :)

  3. Forget a double batch, I need a tripe batch! I love homemade snacks like this and I’m all about the strawberry-ness for spring. :D

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