Sure, Nutrigrain Bars sound healthy, but they’re loaded with sugar and a bunch of other things I can’t pronounce. And of course my kids love them. So I did some research on the internet to find a healthier homemade recipe for nutrigrain bars. I looked at recipe after recipe and was surprised that so many of them still used a lot of sugar and butter. After pulling from a ton of recipes, I think I came up with a pretty healthy version of my kids’ beloved nutrigrain bars. I even let them help me measure ingredients and run the blender. Give them a try and see what your kids think!
HEALTHIER HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY NUTRIGRAN BARS
For the filling:
- 1 pint of blueberries
- ¼ cup honey
- juice from 1 lemon
Add blueberries, honey, and lemon juice to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, smashing blueberries with a potato masher occasionally until mixture thickens up (but not too thick!).
For the dough:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- ½ cup milk
- 1/8 cup coconut oil (liquid form)
- 1 egg
- drizzle of honey*
Add dry ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until they are combined. Add wet ingredients to blender and continue to pulse until a dough forms. Refrigerate the dough for about an hour.
After your dough has chilled out in the refrigerator, divide it in half and roll out half into a rectangular shape. You can see that my rolling skills are not great.
Spread the blueberry sauce over the bottom layer. I didn’t use all of my sauce, but saved the extra to add to greek yogurt.
Roll out the second half of dough to roughly the same shape as the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top of the bottom layer and press the edges to seal. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until the top layer is lightly browned.
After they’ve cooled, use a pizza cutter to cut them into bars.
Yeah, he liked them too!
*Note: I wasn’t looking for an overly sweet bar, but if you think your kids need a bit more sweetness you can always add more honey to the dough mixture.