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February 1, 2011


I know, I know, I’ve been busy and ignoring you for a few days. I do apologize for my negligence.

But I can make it up… I promise.  Have you ever heard of a Nutrigrain bar? Yes, those vitaminy, fruit deprived snacks that kids kinda like and adults grab as a make shift breakfast.

Well, what would you say if I told you you could make them at home? And that they are AMAZING. (Do you like me again yet?)

In our house we  live in an endless world of snackdom. I live by the clock, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, nap, snack, dinner. Everyday, all week long. And if I happen to forget a snack my little guy reminds me very, very quickly by going to the cupboard and taking out whatever he thinks is a snack and bringing it to me.

The only problem with the snacking of toddlerhood is the expense and ingredients.  I prefer homemade items not only for the thriftiness of it but because I can control what my family eats. I can control the amount of oils, fats and processed ingredients. These bars are amazing in flavor but also because they use real whole grains and real fruit.

So here you go! My new favorite recipe yours to enjoy. I do hope you make a batch and brew up a cup of tea to go with them. They are worth it!

 

Multigrain Fruit Bars

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute 1/2 all purpose if you like)

1 1/2 cups whole oats

1 tsp almond extract

1 jar preserves or jam

 

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan. In a mixer using a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar till mixed. Add flour and oats and mix till crumbly. Add almond extract and mix in. Divide mixture in half and press into greased pan. (Press tightly or it will crumble when finished!) Spread fruit preserves or jam evenly and cover with remaining crumb mix. Make sure to press down the crumb mix tightly or it will be more crumbly than bar like. Bake at 350 for  25 minutes.

Cool completely and cut into 2 inch squares. Makes 30 bars.

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