When I was writing the Weelicious Lunches cookbook I asked readers on Facebook what recipe they would most like to see in the cookbook. I can’t tell you how many people asked for a Nutrigrain Bar style recipe and why not?! They’re a favorite snack of many kids, filled with a sweet jam and wrapped inside a soft grain filled exterior. The idea sounded simple enough except for the fact that this type of bar is made by a machine, not a mom. I can’t tell you how many times I tested this recipe before nailing it.

You can make it with any type of jam, jelly or preserves you enjoy, but homemade Strawberry Preserves are so sweet and luscious in these making them a total score. If you want to see how to make them just watch this Strawberry Preserves Video.

Whole Grain Fruit Filled Bars from WeeliciousPin

For Kenya’s past two birthdays he’s asked me to make them for his class birthday party. They ask parents to make a small treat to serve the kids, so these feel like just the right kind of sweet treat to enjoy, especially before lunch. It was fun to watch the kids expecting a little cupcake, getting these bars instead and actually being excited about it.

Watch this Whole Grain Fruit Filled Bars Video to see all kinds of tricks to making them just like (or even better than) your favorite store bought brand!

Images by Maren Caruso

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I made these last night. Don’t know if they’re supposed to be crunchy. Mine were and delicious.. I added extra jam. May try peanut butter and jelly next. How about baking the bottom crust first? Think it will be over done?

  2. I can’t seem to find the recipe for the whole grain fruit filled bars. My grandson will love these!!!

  3. They,look so good and heathly, looking forward to seeing more nutritional and tasty snacks:)

  4. These are so good. My 2 year old daughter helped me make them and we all love them. So much better than the store bought bars. Thank you for inspiring me to make these with the video. This recipe has been on my list forever.

  5. My kids LOVE bars, I’ve always wanted a recipe like this!! Please post 🙂 !!!!! Thank you!!!

  6. Hi,
    The recipe bars look delicious. Watched your video, but can’t seem to find the recipe. Thanks

  7. Ive been meaning to try these!
    Question: i only have salted butter at home. Can I use that?

  8. I made them thismorning after your post and so far 16 month old and I like them very much, and soon the 4 year old will taste. Yum. Thank you

  9. Thank you for reminding me to make these. I have your book and have made so many things from it, but not yet these bars. I love your recipes, Thank you. I’m going to make these today 🙂

  10. I store them in glass containers on the counter for 2 days and then refrigerate them up to a week. They freeze beautifully!

  11. Hi Catherine! These look really easy. How do you recommend storing them and for how long? Also, can these be frozen? Thank you!

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