Make your own Nutrigrain-style fruit bars for a quick breakfast or snack for the kids during the busy weekdays.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal/ flour (substitute plain flour if needed)
1 1/2 cup of oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 Jar of Jam or Preserves (Fig, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, blueberry, etc)
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Spread half of the mixture into a 9″x9″ baking dish that has been buttered, spread a layer of your favorite jam on top, crumble the remaining half of the mixture on top of the jam (It will form a “bar” top when it bakes) Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes. Cool & cut into squares.
Nutri-Grain Bars (The Quickie Version)
1 pkg yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups quick oats
12 ounces preserves or jam
1 T water
Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter. Combine cake mix and oats in a large bowl; stir in the melted butter until the mixture is crumbly. Measure half of this mixture (about 3 cups) into a greased 13x9x2-inch pan. Press firmly into pan to cover the bottom.
Combine preserves and water; spoon over crumb mixture in pan, and spread evenly. Cover with
remaining crumb mixture. Pat firmly to make top even. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes–top should be very light brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
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