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! My version tastes so much better and it’s made from wholesome ingredients.
Sadly, it took me two tries. The first recipe I made came out like this:
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
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 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 milk (I used oat 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
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!