These homemade cereal bars are perfect to make ahead and then have them ready for those busy mornings. Instead of filling your family with premade bars that contain who knows how many preservatives and other chemicals, why not make a healthier version that honestly they will like better because these are made with REAL fruit (yes, imagine that!). Check out the recipe below for homemade cereal bars, which are easy to freeze and get out when you need them!
Using whole unprocessed foods is such a good choice, it is very simple to make this entire recipe organic as all the ingredients are readily available at a regular grocery store, no special trips to a whole food store.
- 1 ½ cups oatmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose white flour
- ½ cup ground flaxseed meal
- ¾ packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Honey or Agave Nectar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 sticks of butter
- Fruit Filling
- 1 ½ cups fruit
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Grind oatmeal until it’s a little more powder than flake, using a food processor, coffee grinder, food mill, or mini chopper.
- Mix oatmeal, flours, flaxseed, vanilla, butter, honey and brown sugar until well combined. Set aside.
- Using the same chopper that you used for oatmeal, puree fruit and lemon juice together until nearly smooth.
- Divide oatmeal mixture in half. Press half into a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, trying to spread evenly.
- Pour fruit mixture over bottom crust.
- For the second half of dough; press small pieces flat in your hand and cover the fruit mixture, trying to leave no gaps. (You can roll this out and transfer very carefully but I have found that it just makes me have a dirty rolling pin and counter, and is virtually impossible to move in one piece)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- These are very soft when warm, so allow them to cool completely. Slice after cool.
How many bars this makes depends on the size pan you used, I used a small one, and got 12 about the size of store bought ones but much thicker, that is how we like them. To freeze; wrap in individual pieces of wax paper, and place in freezer bag. Label with a sharpie. Now you will have a quick and healthy breakfast your family will enjoy!
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