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Making a childhood favorite today, homemade blueberry Nutri Grain bars.

As a kid, I loved Nutri Grain bars. I wasn’t really into sugary candies, potato chips, or other “kid” food, but I loved Nutri Grain bars. They were filled with fruity goodness and unlike like other snack bars, they were soft and had that fresh outta of the oven feel to them. Some days I would eat them as a quick breakfast, other days I’d snack on them after school.

As I got older, I slowly grew away from eating the Nutri Grain bars from the box, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get the cravings for one every now and again. <–don’t lie, you know you crave Oreos sometimes too…

In the first year of the blog I made these strawberry Nutri Grain bars (check them out for the strawberry goodness version, I’ve updated the recipe too) and had completely forgotten all about them.

Until now that is.

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

With everything happening with my Nonnie, it’s left me craving some childhood favorites. Sometimes when you feel kind of down all you really need to do to feel happy again is take yourself back to being a kid for a second.

I know it sounds silly, but trust me it works.

Thankfully, I have this amazing recipe, and my brothers, to bring out the kid out in me again and I could not be more grateful. And speaking of brothers, I just have to say what a life saver it’s been having Kai around (he’s staying at my parents house, which neighbors mine) to help with all the animals…hello to eight goats, thirteen chickens, and two cats. Could not be doing it all and keeping up with work (and life in general) without him. Family is truly the best and I love that mine is always there for each other for the ups and the downs.

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, with back to school time right around the corner (little miss Asher goes back the 24th of August) my cravings for homemade Nutri Grain bars could not have come at a better time because these are perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack packed up for school!

And while you might think it would be hard to make something like these bars at home, it could not be more opposite.

These are actually incredibly quick and easy to make. Yeah!

Okay. Here’s how this recipe does down.

The dough is made up of two of my favorite Bob’s Red Mill ingredients, whole grain flour and old fashioned oats. If there are two baking ingredients I use most often, it’s probably these two.

The secret to the dough however? Greek yogurt. This is what keeps the bars from becoming crunchy, and instead leaves them incredibly soft and moist. I know it sounds a little weird, but trust me, after testing this recipe multiple times, it’s the Greek yogurt that is key!

For the filling, I made a simple homemade blueberry jam, because I had literally buckets of blueberries that were beginning to wrinkle, so jam it was! You can of course use store-bought jam too…and any flavor works!

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These are delicious fresh out of the oven or packed up for snacks throughout the day. You can even freeze them and then thaw when you need something super quick!

And lastly? I just have to say that I made these again on Sunday solely for the purpose of wanting to bake up something comforting and it made my whole vibe just happier.

Bottom line? Bake up a childhood favorite, put a smile on…and maybe do something silly too. Sometimes we all just need to be carefree kids again…

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Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 0 makes 8-10 bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, and salt together. Add the butter and toss to coat. Add the egg yolks, yogurt, honey, and vanilla and mix until combined, adding 1 tablespoon of cold water at a time until the dough comes together and forms a ball. 

    2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll out into a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the dough into about 4" x 4 1/2" squaresPlace a heaping tablespoon of jam down the center of each square, leaving about 1/4 inch border. Brush the borders with buttermilk. Fold one side up and over the filling and then pinch the dough together at either end. Do the same for the other side and use your fingers to seal the dough together at the seams. Carefully roll the bar over and place the seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough.

    3. Cover the bars and place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Once chilled, brush the tops of the bars lightly with buttermilk and transfer to the oven, bake on the middle rack for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top, do not over bake.

    4. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes, then carefully transfer the bars to a glass container with a lid, layering them between pieces of parchment paper. This will trap in heat and moisture, and slightly steam the bars, ensuring they remain soft. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the fridge for longer. These can also be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen, thaw for 1 hour.

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Quick Blueberry Jam

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 0 makes about 1 1/4 cups jam

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. 1. Add the blueberries, honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to a medium size pot set over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, once boiling use a potato masher or fork to break down and mash the blueberries. Continue to cook for 5-8 minutes or until the jam has reduced and thickened by half. Remove from the heat and let cool. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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With fruity Nutri Grain bars in hand. Obviously.

{This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Half Baked Harvest cooking!}