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Fruit and Grain Bars Recipe

Fruit and Grain Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

My kids love fruit and grain bars for snacks, but they can be quite pricey. At 15 cents per bar, this homemade version is a substantial savings over the store-bought kind, and because they're made at home, I know exactly what's going into them. Try an organic cake mix and organic fruit spread, if you can find them. Don't be tempted to add more fruit spread, the amount called for is just right and too much will make the bars difficult to cut.

by Anne Coleman

What you'll need

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups oats - quick-cooking
  • 1 cup jelly, jam, preserves, or fruit spread
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Yields 20 bars.

How to make it

  1. Mix together cake mix, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and melted butter and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  3. Divide batter in half and spread half into bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
  4. Spread fruit spread on top of crust to the edges.
  5. Crumble the remaining cake mixture over the jelly and press lightly into jelly with hands.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes or until top is golden.
  7. Cool well and cut into 20 bars.