Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

The air wafting out of a Crabtree & Evelyn store transports me to my grandmother’s bathroom, all monogrammed hand towels and tall shell-filled glass jars. The smell of fresh baked bread, the house I grew up in on a lazy Sunday afternoon. And the scent of Drakkar Noir lingering in a hallway, straight back to 7th grade and boys who wore Metallica t-shirts… ahem.

The connection of smell and memory is well documented but taste can have exactly the same effect on me, spinning my mind into another time or place with a single bite.

Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

I came across this recipe when combing through my assigned blog, Our Table for Seven, for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post. Erin’s site is simply packed with quick, family-friendly meals she cooks for her husband and five children, and the recipe index kept me hungry for hours!

Not surprisingly the first thing that caught my eye was breakfast, Baked Cinnamon Swirl French Toast to be exact, but I posted a french toast recipe only a week ago and figured that while I could eat variations on the theme pretty much every day of the week, others may want a bit more variety…

Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

Always a fan of making over-processed-packaged-blerg into unprocessed-healthy-food, Erin’s Homemade Fruit & Cereal Nutri-Grain bars seemed just the ticket.

I of course altered the recipe further again, replacing the whole wheat flour with spelt and the sugar with rice syrup amongst other things, so you can imagine my surprise when one bite sent me straight into the mid-90’s and the middle of field-hockey practice. It was uncanny, the flavour and texture I remembered, but full of goodness instead of a refined-oil-chemical-aftertaste. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Oh and just because I can, a parting public service announcement… if you are a man over the age of 14, please refrain from wearing Drakkar Noir, the 90’s wants it’s cologne back. These bars however are here to stay.

Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars


  1. brenda hayes says

    Humm, a pan appeared on my counter and we all ate more than our share…none of that ‘one bar’ stuff. Love to hear the memories!!

  2. says

    Late to comment due to frantic life 😉

    Loved your write up and the recipe, of course! I am pinning this for a future adventure in the kitchen, I bet they are absolutely wonderful and beat the store-bought versions by a looong shot

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