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Making Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars today!

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And also, I am home and could not be happier!

Not that I did not like Oregon this year, because I did. The weather was incredible the whole forty-two days my family and I were there. Well, I guess there were two days in the middle with tons and tons of low clouds, fog and pure misery. Technically, I guess forty day were gorgeous out of the forty-two.

Even though it is like me to complain, I can’t. I love the sun and blue skis and that is all I saw. Honestly, I barely saw any clouds. It was awesome.

Although, I was inside half the time cooking, but I would have been doing that anywhere, no matter what the weather was. I am always cooking.


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With that said though, I am still so happy to be home.

With all my stuff, my giant kitchen windows and three refrigerators. Yeah, three. Again, it’s awesome.

What? Is three fridges a lot? My family has always had three for as long as I can remember. Big family means lots of food and stocking up on things when they are on sale. It just works, really well.

I almost always have backups for my back ups.

I know, I am so spoiled over here. But I love it.

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Oh and um, hello?

The grocery store!!

I have one a mile down the street and another one ten minutes away. Plus, TARGET! It’s been way too long since I stepped foot in Target. I miss Target. It’s time.

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Now that I got my excitement out, let’s talk about school.


My least favorite topic on this planet.

Alright, that’s a total exaggeration, but you all know school was not my thing. Which is why I raced through it and graduated early, went to the local college and did what I needed to do and said “See ya”!

I may done with school days, but my younger siblings are still chugging on through. Ahh, well sort of. Red and Kai? They barely go, but hey, there is always little Asher who LOVES school to death and could not be more excited to start going a full day kindergarten this year. How can this be, she is not even five yet?

I am pretty sad she is growing up so darn fast. I wish she could just be my little side kick forever. Soon she’ll probably be too cool for me. And trust me, she already has a lot of attitude. It’s scary.

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Anyway, I was thinking these bars would be the perfect thing to pack in lunches or to have as after school snacks.

Growing up I used to love Nutri Grain bars in my lunch or as a snack, which is pretty weird since I am not really a baked fruit girl or a jam/jelly girl for that matter. But for some reason I loved those bars……until I realized they are pretty processed and full of sugar.

Not cool.

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Enter the homemade strawberry Nutri Grain bar!

It took me three tries to get the recipe right, but the third one was spot on. Super soft and moist, just like the packaged ones. Except with real strawberries and oatmeal.

The fresh strawberry filling is incredible, not so sweet that is gives you a headache, but sweet enough to make you say, “Mmm”. The dough that you are going to wrap the filling up in is almost like a moist muffin. It is so soft, slightly chewy from the oatmeal, with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon.

I am telling you, it’s spot on.

My mom, Asher and I have concluded they may not look as good as the real ones, but they taste a million times better.

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Oh and Asher wanted me to share with you how she will be packing these up in her Frosty the Snowman lunch box and taking them to school.

She is very excited.

Oh, and so is Frosty, it just snowed up on those mountain tops.

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Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 10 bars
Calories Per Serving: 290 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 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" squares. Place 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 Strawberry Jam

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories Per Serving: 565 kcal

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  • 1. Add the strawberries, 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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How is it already back to school time? Where did summer go?!?

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  1. Thank u so much for the recipe!! They look so delicious!! My mother will love it!! For the strawberry filling can I substitute the sugar with honey??

  2. Cant wait to try them! They look deliscious! I have a question though, are you able to freeze these once cooked?

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I have never tried freezing them, but I think it would work great. Just defrost in the fridge overnight. Hope you love these!

  3. So I live in Italy but would really like to make these. Corn starch is an American thing and I can’t find it over here. Can I just use more flour?

    1. Hey Amanda, I think that would be fine. Hope you love these and let me know if you have anymore questions!

  4. These are ok but my dough turned out really dry and in the end, so did the rest of the bars and the only person who likes them is my two year old. Maybe next time I will try adding some milk or more oil to moisten these up. I also used apple rather than strawberries and the filling was awesome!

    1. I am sorry your were dry, I will add only 1 tablespoon of milk or greek yogurt at a time to moisten these up a bit. I made them over the summer when things were pretty damp in MT.Hood, OR, so that may be the reason mine were not dry.
      Glad you son like them though! Thanks and I hope they turn out better next time!

  5. I have a question – you mention that the dough should be split into two parts and you roll out the first half into squares – you never mention what to do with the other half that’s set aside. I assume you roll out the second ball just like the first but I was a little curious if somehow I was supposed to do something different with it. Also, how thick should the dough be rolled out?

    1. Hey Janelle, you do the same thing with the remaining dough. Sorry that was not clear. I like to roll mine about 1/4 inch thick.
      Let me know if you have any more questions and I hope you love these!

  6. Couldn’t resist making these straight away. The pictures are so gorgeous. Made mine with blueberry. Delish! Thank you for the recipe!

  7. In the process of making these now I cant wait to eat them! My toddlers fav food is cereal bars so im excited to give her a real version. I have a ton of strawberry filling left over. Can I freeze it and use it again for the next batch?

    1. Hey Jen!!

      So happy you are making these. Hope you ended up loving them!! I cannot say for sure since I have never frozen the filling myself, but I do not see why it would not work. Just de-thaw it in the fridge once you are ready to use it.

    1. Hey Megan!

      I do think this would work, but make sure you let them cool completely before cutting. I would actually recommend putting them in the fridge for a few hours and then cutting so the filling does not go all over the place when you cut them. Let me know how it goes and I hope you love these!

  8. Any idea for a substitute for the yogurt? my daughter is violently allergic to dairy, and the processed allergen free version of these I can find in the store is KILLING me financially ($6 a BOX!) and i’d like to make these homemade- freeze some, you know what I mean. 🙂

    Would coconut milk yogurt work here? or even maybe some coconut milk? instead of the yogurt?

    1. Hey Margaret!!

      I cannot be sure since I have not tried making these with coconut yogurt or milk, but I do think both would work great!! I would try the canned coconut milk (not the stuff from a carton) and see how that goes, then if that does not work too well try the yogurt. Hope this helps and I hope they turn out awesome!!! Let me know!

  9. I need to try these! My 3-year-old loves Nutrigrain bars and I hate giving them to her because of all the sugar and the processed ingredients. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  10. This looks awesome! My son loves cereal bars, and I had been thinking about making them myself, so this is great timing 🙂

  11. New to your site and loving the exploration!
    Such creativity and talent.
    I’m thinking I could save a trip to the store and use homemade strawberry jam in these lovelies…any thoughts?

    1. Hi Alison!!
      Thank you so much, I am so happy you are enjoying my site!! I basically made my own jam with recipe, so I would think your homemade jam would work great! Hope you love these!

  12. Delicious! Made for my daughter for school, and now myself and hubby are chowing down on the others. Now, my 1yr old is nibbling on one.
    I did not though seem to have my dough moist enough as they didn’t roll as smoothly as your pictures look and I had a hard time folding them over. Should I add any more of a particular ingredient? Honey, vs. oil, vs. yogurt?
    I think these will be my new weekly creation

    1. so happy you guys are loving these! To moisten them up, I would try adding just a little more yogurt at a time or even a drop or two of water might do the trick!

      Hope this helps and thanks again!