This is my second attempt at these–the first time around my filling was too tart (i did apple and didn’t reduce it on the stove first-oops). Both times, I was seeking to make a healthier version of Nutri-grain bars. This time around I am using blueberries and am adjusting the dough recipe a bit. I also decided to try some with *chocolate filling–what the what?!? Yep, chocolate Nutri-Grain bars! Eat your heart out Kelloggs! The recipe below is for blueberry filling; at the bottom, I added details for the chocolate option.
- 3 Cups Blueberries
- 1T water
- 1 t vanilla
- 3 T maple syrup
- 1 1/2 C wholemeal flour
- 1/3 C linseed (flaxseed) meal
- 1/2 C oats
- 1 T sugar
- 2 T oil (coconut preferred, I used grapeseed oil)
- 2 T applesauce
- 1 T butter
- 2 T honey
- 2 T greek yogurt
- 1/8 t baking soda
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/8 t salt
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 egg
- Combine all filling ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil then simmer on low until berries begin to burst and sauce thickens–I used a potato masher to mash mine about halfway through. Leave on the stove to simmer for the time it takes to prepare the dough. When you are ready to roll the dough, remove it from heat and put it in the fridge.
- In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients, set aside. In a stand mixer, whisk together wet ingredients.
- Change to a dough hook and slowly add dry ingredients until incorporated. the dough will be sticky, add flour as needed until the dough starts to come together-it will still be sticky though.
- Turn out dough on a floured surface. Divide into three sections. Form one section at a time into a log or rectangle-like shape. Roll out with a rolling pin. Use a pizza cutter to slice into a large rectangle, then smaller rectangles, depending on your desired finished size. I made some large and some small because my kids usually take two bites of things and proclaim they have had enough. Take cooled filling and spoon onto dough rectangle along with one of the long sides.
- Fold dough over and pinch together. Push down on ends to seal and cut away any extra dough. Place on a cookie sheet and bake on the medium oven (170 C) for approximately 15 min or until the top begins to brown.
Optional: Sprinkle with raw sugar before baking.
*For the chocolate version, I used dark chocolate chips, just piling them in like the blueberries.
Now those of you who know me will not believe your ears, but I preferred the blueberry ones over the chocolate ones! Blasphemy, I know. Enjoy!