Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

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Who doesn’t like a Nutri-Grain bar?  I used to eat them like crazy until I wrote Nutri-Grain Bars Exposed.  If you read it as well, you probably know that they are laden with way too many chemicals and artificial dyes.  So naturally I had to create my own homemade nutri-grain bars.  My homemade nutrigrain bars tastes so much better and it’s made from wholesome ingredients.

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Sadly, it took me two tries.

I did some tweaking the second time around and they still didn’t look that pretty, but I thought, what the heck, I will post them!  The second time I learned from my mistakes so hopefully, these will be easy for you to make. I filed them with pureed dates and also with a fruit spread. I personally liked the dates better as a filling, but use what ever you like. I may make them in the future with my Homemade Vegan Nutella.

Homemade Nuti-Grain Bars

Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

Ingredients

    For the bars:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat (to make these gluten free, sub GF all purpose or GF oat flour and add an extra egg)
  • 1 flax egg (I used a flax egg replacement)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 T almond milk
  • salt to taste
  • For the filling
  • Your favorite fruit spread or 12 medjool dates blended up into a caramel with a bit of water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a food processor, grind up the almonds and oats. Measure them before grinding. 
  • Once they are ground into a slightly course consistency, add them to a bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients. 
  • In another bowl, add the wet ingredients. 
  • Add dry to wet and mix just until combined. 
  • Gather the dough into a ball.  It will be a bit sticky. 
  • Wrap it in plastic and place in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes to firm up. 
  • Once firm, cut a piece of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet, and lay it on the counter.
  • Cut the dough ball in half.  I used a bench scraper to cut mine. 
  • Take one piece and roll it out onto the parchment, putting some plastic wrap between the rolling pin and dough. 
  • Roll it until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. 
  • Spread jam onto the top. 
  • Roll the second ball of dough the same way onto another piece of parchment. Place that onto the dough with the jam. I made sure all the sides were sealed up. Then slice into squares with a pizza cutter. Bake for about 13 minutes. These should last a week or two. You can freeze them as well.  Remember to save your parchment paper.  You can re-use the same piece over and over again.  Enjoy!
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184 thoughts on “Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

  1. These look crumbly. Not sure I am going to make them. I’ve tried a few of your recipes that call out name brands and they don’t really taste like the original.

    Are these different?

    Thank you!

    1. I am sorry that you haven’t liked some of the others. They are not crumbly at all. The homemade versions are not going to taste exact because they contain only healthy ingredients and no processed sugars. If you don’t think you are going to like them, you don’t have to try them. I do get a lot of compliments on my recipes, but I understand they are not for everyone.

      1. I agree with you Melissa! It’s impossible for homemade versions to taste like store bought ones full of nasty stuff. You do a great job at your recipes and anything homemade has a much better taste anyways!

      2. I’m looking forward to trying these. I have people tell me that they just “like the way some store-bought, processed foods taste” too. For me, if I’m aware of what ingredients are in them, then it changes how I think it tastes when I’m eating it. I’ve preferred to experiences new tastes that are different than fast food, store-bought foods, etc. but super tasty in their own right, just different.

    2. Katherine, that’s fine if you don’t like them or think you’ll make them…just pass the recipe by, but there’s no reason to mention it here. If you want “real” tasting Nutrigrain bars, then they are simple to buy at the store.

      I *am* going to try these (and I’m definitely making more of the coconut cream Larabars, since they are fabulous!). My kids tend to not like traditional granola bar type recipes, but I think they’ll like these. I’m looking for lots of ideas for homemade snacks for our upcoming 12-hour road trip (each way!).

        1. I love all your recipes! Your blog and 100 Days of Real Food are my absolute favorites :) Thank you for making easy to follow recipes!

    3. they look great and taste amazing
      I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!
      i am 13, i love to cook and i made them- im doing a challenge- not to eat chocolate, lollies, fizzy drinks and little to know sugar for a month- this recipe is perfect, there maybe cocoa in it but i let it slide, im trying to hide it from my brothers but its too good and my brothers are finding it! this recipe is awesome, not only is it great because its homemade but i think it tastes better than the ones you can buy from the shop 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Things on this website won’t taste like the “real” thing because the “real” thing is filled with garbage that is killing your body. It does take some getting used to with changing up a diet, especially when you are so used to eating all of the processed crap that is available to us. Melissa, your recipes that I have tried have all been delicious! You can’t please everyone, and everybody also has different likes/dislikes. Please keep posting all of these great recipes! You have helped me learn how to make healthy food taste yummy!

  2. Oh these look great girl! I can’t wait to try them :) I have 3 out of 4 kids out of the house today so I may be doing these!!

  3. these look DELICIOUS! Even your first ones looked tasty to me :) I think the nutella ones is a great idea as well!

  4. What ratio of water to flaxseed do you use for your flax eggs? I have seen other people say to use 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1. Confusing!

  5. These look unbelievable!! Can’t wait to try!!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful healthy creations, so glad I found you on Facebook!

      1. I’m glad I found you too! Thank you so much for all your amazing recipes. I will definitely try this recipe. Can I use less of the coconut oil (like half) or does it need the whole measurement? :)

  6. These look great, and would be awesome to take with me to work! Do you leave these at room temp or refrigerate once cooked?

    1. I have them in a glass cookie jar on my counter. If you intend to keep them awhile, you may need to refrigerate them.

  7. can’t wait to make these! My kiddos need a small breakfast snack in the mornings 3 days a week before day care (they eat their real breakfast there, but can’t wait an hour, they are so hungry when they wake up!), and I used to buy the generic nutrigrain bars thinking they were a ‘healthy’ option. Even trader joes brand has too many ingredients. We LOVE your lara bars for morning snack too! Thanks :)

  8. Just found your site thanks to Wendy P. This recipe looks awesome. I only eat gluten free so what substitute do you suggest for the whole wheat flour? I always buy g.f. oats. Will be back to your site often. Thanks for your contribution to the healthy community.

    1. I’m glad you found me too! I hope you enjoy me recipes. You can try using gluten free all purpose flour or gluten free oat flour. You may need to add an extra binder though. Maybe another egg? Please report the results. I would love to tell my other gluten free readers that it was possible. :)

  9. I just came across your site yesterday and I love it! I just made these bars today and they were DELICIOUS! So much better than Nutrigrain bars from the store. The only thing I did differently is use honey instead of the maple syrup! I will make them again for sure! Thanks!

  10. instead of grinding up 1 C of almonds, i would like to use almond meal (saves a step, lol.) what would be the equivalent? (in other words, how much ground almond are you left with when you grind up 1 C.) thanks!

    1. I used homemade, but if you are going with store bought, try to look for a brand that is fruit sweetened only. You should be able to find one at most grocery stores.

  11. Just made these! They are so yummy! I tinkered a bit replacing the oil with 1/2 a mashed banana & 2 Tbs of coconut oil. I also got a little over zealous with the water when I puréed the dates, so I panicked and added strawberries! Lol! I had to bake mine for about 16 minutes….probably because of my runny filling or the banana? Idk! But you have struck gold again with me and my family!

  12. Can I use gluten free all purpose flour instead? I am always willing to give recipes like this a try, I love to bake/cook and I love that they are healthier for you!

      1. I’m fairly new to your site, but have fallen in love with most of your recipes. I also have a problem with wheat & wheat products. If you substitute a gluten free flour for wheat flour, you’ll need a high-quality xanthan gum (like Bob’s Red Mill, available at many supermarket chains), or a good meringue powder. (If you buy Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose flour, the package label gives you some ideas about the proportion of xanthan gum to flour, depending on whether you’re making biscuits or yeast bread, or whatever.)

        Just adding one more egg makes the dough sort of gummy, & then the bars get less tender, more leathery, in baking. Any more eggs, and they fall apart again.

        1. Thanks! I have made many gluten free baked goods and have never used xanthan gum. I have never tried this particular recipe as gluten free, so you may be right about this one.

    1. You can sub another oil if you like. Grapeseed oil would work. Just don’t sub olive oil because it is not supposed to be used in cooking.

  13. I love your recipes, but I am out of coconut oil. Do you think these would turn out alright w/o the oil? How should I modify the recipe?

    MJ

    1. You can sub out the coconut oil for another oil, more applesauce or even yogurt. It will change the texture slightly if you use no oil.

  14. Have you tried freezing these? I like to cook in bulk & freeze when possible. My 19 month old loves Nutri-Grain bars, but I am desperate for a healthier version and would love to try this!

  15. I made a non-vegan version and did leave the rolled oats whole ( bec i dont have a food processor). I thought they were great! Very moist and very similar in texture and flavor to a nutrigrain bar but better tasting. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Just wondering. When you left the rolled oats whole, did you also use almond meal since you don’t have a food processor?

  16. My 15 month old loves nutrigrain bars but I can’t stand the thought of all the junk in them. I just made these for her and we both love them… definitely a home run! I left the oats whole and it turned out great

  17. I just made these and they taste (and smell) fantastic!!! I even took the tiny bit of left over batter and made a few thumbprint cookies. Any chance you ever figure out the fat/calorie content on your recipes? I would love to know what the info is for this recipe so I know how often my daughter and I can indulge in these :) YUM!

    1. Yay! Glad you like them. I did a rough estimate for the bars without the filling. I did it based on 12 bars. Here is the info. Keep in mind the carb count will change depending on the filling you use. Cal. 235 Carbs 20 Protein 5 Fat 16.

  18. I cannot wait to try these! I’ve made several of your recipes, and they have all bit a big hit… even for my husband who is an incredibly picky eater! I was diagnosed with PCOS in December of last year, and have drastically changed my eating habits since then. Your website has been so instrumental and helpful in my change in lifestyle.

    Thank you for what you do!

  19. I used to love nutrigrain bars – can’t wait to try these, I will report back.

    I saw a recipe for blueberry chia seed jam, I think that will go great and add even more healthiness, thanks!

  20. Everyone can’t wait to try the nutrigrain bars. When we are so used to processed foods and change to this recipe our tastebuds say what’s going on. I will try them. I am glad I found Piniteredt at age 58 so I can try healthier recipes. The homemade granola bars found are great.

      1. Sunflower seeds are considerably smaller than Almonds – would you use a smaller amount of them? I’m so excited to try this recipe…My kids LOVED nutri-grain bars before we learned about reading labels. Also I love that you respond to everyone…I know that takes up a lot of your time. Thank you!

    1. I was going to ask the same! We don’t have allergies, but all my kids’ schools are nut free :) I’ve been looking for a Nutri-grain bar sub – will definitely be trying these!

  21. Is there a reason you used one cup of almonds vs. using almond meal? Just curious! Need to start using the left over meal from making almond milk!

      1. They turned out great with almond meal, however I think I was too stingy with the jam. Yours look more gooey. I’ll need to have a thicker layer next time. Thanks!

  22. These were so good and easy to make. Thank you for your blog and website. I also appreciate that most of your recipes are egg-free. Thank you.

  23. These are delicious!!! I love making jam but who really eats tons of jam? These are a wonderful way to use some of it, and even better, they are so good! And my toddler loves them too! Thank you!!!

  24. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! It’s perfect; I made it just like you said and they are delicious. Proud to say I can add this to my list of healthy food items that I feel good about serving to my family.

  25. Once you use the pizza cutter to cut these into bars do you have to reseal the edges to keep the filling from oozing out when they are cooking? Thanks

  26. Hi, love this recipe! II want to make these again but I just realized I don’t have Applesauce :/ can I make it without it? Thanks!

      1. Update- I just finished them and they are delicious! Almost exactly like nutrigrain bars actually, but better. I used dates too. I was a bit confused with the recipe, probably because I’m a newbie baker. I had a hard time rolling the dough on parchment paper. Do you tape it to the counter? Lol, I have no idea! I somehow figured it out and got the job done. I also didn’t know if I was supposed to bake it with the parchment paper on a cookie sheet…I just used a cookie sheet…I cut them after I baked, instead of before…. and I ended up using more like 20 dates…..either way they turned out great! Thanks for the recipe

        1. Awesome! You did great if you are a newbie baker. :) You can bake with parchment, just not wax paper. I don’t tape the parchment paper, but that is a great idea for next time! Glad you liked them!

  27. Hi. I’m Enoch. I like to go to the Whole Eat (Foods) store had get the blue bar (their brand nitra-grain bar blueberry flavored) from the kid’s treat area.

    These look yummy.
    Thank you for making them up.
    And for making a photo with your camera to show me how to try them.

    Hi. My son and I lay in bed and scroll though food together until he’s sleepy. Tonight he saw these and was so excited he talked about them at least a half hour after lights out! I texted a little note from him into inotes; so that I could share it with you.
    I read you have children, so you can imagine my delight in pleasing him. I do allow him a bar when we shop, but I know it’s a full sugar cookie in its ingredients, and not organic. Thanks for helping me out. I won’t buy a box so how cool to have a version we can make!
    From one cook from scratch mom to another, thank you.
    Sincerely, Katylin aka Enoch’s Mum

  28. I just stumbled upon your website and now have it bookmarked as one of my favorites. I love what you stand for and deeply appreciate having some guidance on recreating store-bought favorites that are healthful and unprocessed. Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas. I just made the pumpkin pie oatmeal muffins (actually squished them into cookie shapes) and my son loved them for breakfast. He actually thanked me for making them for him!!! So thank YOU!

  29. Hi,
    These look healthy but do you know if the almonds can be substituded for another nut type? I would share with my sister and she is allergic to almonds.

      1. Great! I will check with her if there are any nuts she is not allergic to. Can you omit the nuts all together and perhaps add coconut?

  30. I’m curious what I could use in place of almonds, or any nuts, for that matter – to make them school friendly. We have a “nuts and baked goods” ban at our school so I think these would make a terrific alternative snack (as a ‘healthified baked good’). Help! (my son is 5)

  31. Best blog ever. The recipes don’t taste as good as the store bought versions. They taste better. After eating a clean diet for a while now, the nasty stuff in boxes from the market makes me gag. I wonder what those toxic ingredients do to the brain to prevent people from realizing they are poisoning themselves. Chemists spend a lit of time figuring these things out for big food companies.

  32. Cant wait to try these! My 2 year old loves all types of granola bars and ive been trying to find more healthy recipes for them. Do you think i could do rasins or prunes the same way you do the dates?? Also, has anyone tried these with sunflower seeds instead of almonds? Did you use the same amount or more?

    1. Raisins would be fine. I also think sunflower seeds instead of almonds would work out. Please let me know so I can tell others in the future. :)

  33. I’m loving reading all of your recipes and made the chi seed jam with blueberries. Yummy. Could I use that in this recipe or do you think the water content might be too high?
    Thanks!

  34. Thanks for this yummy recipe! My son loves a variety of cereal bars. I have recently been cutting artificial dyes from our diets (to improve behavior issues – it really does help!) and I was very sad to find things I thought were good for us contain so many artificial ingredients. Most of what we eat is organically grown from our garden or friend’s farms, but I was still buying store bought items for convenience. That is getting harder the more I look for items without artificial dyes. This will be a great addition to our Organic and Whole Foods recipes!

  35. I just made a grape/gluten free version of this & they are amazing!!! My 2 year old loves the store bought gluten free nutrigrain bars but I will not be buying them ever again… THANK YOU for all of your recipes!!

      1. I keep mine in the fridge in a covered container. You can probably keep them on the counter for a couple days, but I wouldn’t for too long. You can also freeze them.

    1. Hi Amanda – what was your substitute to make these gluten free? I’m new to the GF ways and need all the help I can get! Thanks!

  36. I made these last night. AMAZING!!! My husband loves Nutrigrain bars and said these were a LOT better. He jokingly claimed the whole batch for himself. lol
    I used 1T of coconut oil and the rest was apple sauce. Thank you for another amazing recipe. :)

  37. We try to avoid wheat whenever possible. How do you think these would turn out with a gluten-free flour such as coconut, quinoa or brown rice?

      1. Thank you! And I stumbled across your blog, but I am so happy I did! You have great recipes on here. It is so hard raising kids on healthy foods when they are bombarded with processed snacks at school! Your website has so many ideas for snacks that I can send to school as replacements for my kids.

  38. Wanted to use up some almond meal so tried this. I didn’t follow the directions and made a couple of mistakes. I didn’t evenly roll out the top dough so the middle had a much thicker top crust. I also forgot to seal up the sides so all the fruit spread dribbled out making this look more like a crumble. I wasn’t making this for anyone so didn’t care too much about presentation. Taste was pretty fabulous and I loved the crumble crust. I’m sure it’ll turn out much better next time because this was a great recipe!

  39. What is the calorie count for one of these goodies? I would love to try them. Have been trying to make my own whole foods version of Lean pockets. If you need any rye flour, I have a local farmer that has some.
    Thanks for your website, I am enjoying it.

  40. Hi! My little guy has a nut allergy. Do you have any suggestions for alternatives for the almonds and coconut this calls for! Love your recipes! Thanks.

    Rachel

    1. You can probably use another oil for the coconut oil. For the almonds, you can try subbing sunflower seeds.

  41. I just made these for my daughter. She used to want a Nutri Grain bar every morning until we started eating better. She approves! I put an organic blueberry jam inside. I love your site. Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  42. Thanks for the recipe. I made the gluten free and dairy free version of this and used some homemade raspberry jam as the filling. I was skeptical that my kids would like them (because they never seem to like anything that is a homemade alternative) and I’m glad to say, we all LOVED them!

  43. I blended figs and water for filling and tasted like Fig Newtons. Gosh how I miss fig newton bars and glad this has better ingredients than packaged ones.

  44. These are the best! THank you so much for the recipe! I have been making a huge batch every two weeks for my one year old and then freezing a ton of them. I love this recipe soooo much!

  45. I just stumbled across Your site on a google search for baked carrot oatmeal. I’m so glad I found it, you have so many ideas I want to try out/have been looking for! Can’t wait to try this in the GF version. Thanks! Xx

  46. Thanks for these! They came out better than I expected! I loved the little bit of crunchiness in the crust from not completely processing the almonds and oats. Mine took longer to bake before I felt they were done, though – about 28 minutes. Maybe mine were thicker.

  47. In your recipes if I want to use real eggs rather than flax replacement eggs do I use the same amount of eggs as is called for in the recipes? Thank you

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