Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

June 24, 2013
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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

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32 Responses to Wholegrain Fruit & Oat Bars

  1. Susan on June 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Yum, these look delicious and I actually have all the ingredients already! Great pick for SRC.

  2. April @ Angel's Homestead on June 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Your fruit bars turned out delicious looking, and would make a great snack. Happy SRC Reveal Day! :)

  3. sara on June 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Lovely! These look super tasty! :) I’m visiting from Group A! :)

  4. Claire @ Claire K Creations on June 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    JJ these look wonderful and so healthy. The perfect winter (or summer – any time really) snack!

  5. Karen on June 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Fabulous photos and am amazing recipe! Such an inspiring SRC pick, Karen

  6. Jane @ Shady Baker on June 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    These look totally delicious JJ, I love your photos too. Drakkar Noir…wow that brings back some memories :)

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      I know, right?! :D

  7. thelittleloaf on June 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I love the idea of these fruit filled bars of wholewheat goodness. Gorgeous colours in the berry compote.

  8. Lindsay (life and kitchen) on June 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    My daughter would love these! I need to make them this weekend!

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Oh I hope you do!

  9. Rebekah @ Making Miracles on June 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Those look absolutely TERRIFIC!! I need to try those out in my kitchen! :) Great SRC selection – happy reveal day!

  10. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on June 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I love bars for quick breakfasts or snacks, saving this recipe.

  11. traci on June 25, 2013 at 12:42 am

    These look perfect for our hike we are going on later today. Love it!

  12. Erin @ Table for 7 on June 25, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Yay! What a great choice :)
    They look delicious..so lovely pictures! We love them at our house..so glad they were a hit!

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks again for the great recipe inspiration Erin

  13. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy on June 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Yum! I want to make these for work! I love things that evoke a time, person or place. I laughed out load at the Drakker Noir bit – when I was a teen, the fragrance for dudes in my world was Versace Blue Jeans!

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Heehee so funny how those things never age in our mind ;D

  14. milkteaxx on June 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    these look really good!

  15. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies on June 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love making foods we typically buy at home! That way I know all the ingredients and they are usually healthier too! These bars look great…great SRC pick!

  16. Casey on June 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    wow these sound incredible and are perfectly healthy for bikini bod summer time!

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on June 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I love homemade bars like this – they make a perfect afternoon snack!

  18. Sonia Life Love Hiccups on June 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Ok So this looks a little ( A freaking LOT) moorish. I am keen to give this one a try for the kids. Beautiful styling too hun xx

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Cheers Sonia – yeah a little too more-ish truthfully ;)

  19. bakingaddict on June 26, 2013 at 7:56 am

    What a delightful treat. Great SRC pick!

  20. Helen (Grab Your Fork) on June 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    These look and sound delicious! And so healthy you could totally eat three or four, right? lol

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I of course didn’t do that (ahem…)

  21. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen on June 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Love these! I never actually liked Nutri-Grain bars, but I could totally get down with these.

  22. Kirstin on June 28, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Yum. Great idea and these look really great

  23. brenda hayes on June 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    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!!

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm


  24. SallyBR on June 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    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

    • JJ on July 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      by miles! I plan on trying out a different fruit combo next time too :)

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