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Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars

Homemade Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars are the perfect back to school treat! Kids and adults will gobble up these bars!

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Labor Day is over which means it’s time to get back to school and back to the grind. I tried to ignore it for as long as I could, but I can’t pretend anymore! School is in full swing and that means it’s time to wake up early, pack school lunches, do homework, and go to bed early. Caleb isn’t old enough to go to school yet, but I still feel the need to get back to our regular schedule. We kind of let things go during the summer months. We are more flexible with our work schedule, naps, bedtime, and even diet. I ate a few too many desserts in Jackson Hole:)

Back to school doesn’t mean we can’t have fun though! To kick off our “school” year and new routine we made Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars. These bars are fun to make and fun to eat!

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The recipe for Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars comes from Catherine McCord’s new cookbook, Weelicious Lunches. Catherine’s first book is a favorite at our house so when she told me she was writing a second book all about healthy lunches, I started counting down the days until release date. Well, it’s here and the book is fabulous!

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Weelicious Lunches is filled with healthy and fun recipes, lists of lunchbox favorites, facts on food allergies, and tips for picky eaters. Catherine’s recipes are sure to make even your pickiest eaters happy! Plus, there is a chapter dedicated to Peanut Butter & Jelly. I am going to be tackling that chapter very soon:)

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But let’s talk about these Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars. I never buy packaged granola or fruit bars at the store. Most bars have ingredients that I can’t pronounce and are expensive so I stay away. I always make homemade granola bars, but haven’t tried making a fruit bar. So when I saw Catherine’s recipe for Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars I knew I had to try them!

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There are only seven ingredients in these bars and I can pronounce all of them:) I love that they are made with whole wheat flour and oats. You can use your favorite jam or fruit preserves for the filling. I went with homemade triple berry jam that our friends gave to us.

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The bars have a buttery whole grain crust with a sweet fruity filing! They are the perfect treat for school lunches or an after school snack. They are easy to pack and will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. So you can make a pan and ration out the bars during the week.

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I tried to ration out our bars, but they went quickly. Caleb wanted a taste as soon as they came out of the oven!

Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars are the perfect back to school or anytime treat. I know we will be making these homemade fruit bars all of the time!

And make sure you check out Catherine’s blog, Weelicious, for more healthy kid-friendly recipes! And if you want a daily dose of lunch inspiration follow Weelicious on Instagram. Every day Catherine posts a photo of a healthy lunch box. She has the best ideas! I want to be Catherine when I grow up!

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Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Homemade Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars are the perfect treat for school lunches, an after school snack, or grabbing on the go!


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold, unsalted butter, chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons cold water
3/4 cup fruit preserves or jam


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt. Pulse for 30 seconds.

3. Add the butter and cold water and pulse until the dough holds together when pressed.

4. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish, line it with parchment paper, and grease the parchment paper.

5. Divide the dough mixture in half and press half into the prepared baking dish, using the back of a spatula to press down evenly.

6. Spread the preserves evenly on top of the dough. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly on top of the preserves and gently press down using the back of a spatula.

7. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

8. Cool, cut into 1 1/2 x 4-inch bars, and serve.

Note-bars can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to a week.

Recipe from Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord

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106 Responses to “Whole Grain Fruit-Filled Bars”

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  1. Laura | My Little Gourmet — September 4, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I’ve never even thought of trying to make my own fruit bars at home. These seem so easy and look delicious too! Catherine’s recipes are some of the favorites in our household and I am sure this one will be right up there with her vegetarian enchilada casserole! :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amy — September 4, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    These look great and I love how few ingredients there are!

  3. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 4, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    This is something I would make. Love it! Thanks!

  4. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 4, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    These sound delicious, Maria! I’m sure the kids would gobble these right up!

  5. Tieghan — September 4, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I love all the recipes I have been seeing form this cookbook. It sounds like a great on and is being added to my growing wish list!

    These bars look great and I love the shot with Caleb’s hand. Too cute!

  6. Melanie @ — September 4, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I’m sure my kids would love these. What a great alternative to the store bought junk. Thanks for sharing!

  7. tanya — September 4, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I love these! I can see my kids eating these for breakfast, with their lunch and after school! I can’t wait to try these!

  8. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — September 4, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    What nice kid friendly bars!

  9. Alexis @ Hummusapien — September 4, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    These look like the perfect whole-grain substitute for the not-so-good store bought version. That lunchbox book looks SO adorable, can’t wait to read!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two — September 4, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    love this and Catherine’s book! I can’t stop flipping through it for ideas :)

  11. HeatherChristo — September 4, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    these look like the perfect “dessert” for my little munchkins lunches!

  12. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — September 4, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I might not have kids but these would be great in my own lunch bag!

  13. kathypilato — September 4, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    these look delicious!

  14. Joanne - Inspired Taste — September 4, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    These are so awesome. Such a great idea for having healthier snacks on hand at home.

  15. Laura @ The Rookie Cook — September 4, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Yummy, these bars look delicious!
    I love leftovers for healthy lunch options.

  16. Monica — September 4, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    With my oldest just starting kindergarten this is a perfect snack for his younger brother and I to make for us all to enjoy as a after school treat!

  17. Kate — September 4, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    These look yummy! My kids aren’t big fans of jam/preserves but I’m going to give these a try. I wonder if you could use peanut butter or nutella instead?

  18. Kelly B — September 4, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I love this idea a cannot wait to use it! I have been looking for some great lunch ideas for my preschoolers. I am over all of the processed foods that I am spending way too much money on at the store. I want something great and nutritious for all of us.

  19. Cheryl — September 4, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe I have been looking for a good homemade fruit bar(this one looks delicous),hubby is diabetic and this one has whole grain instead of flour which is better plus I make fresh fruit to put in it with splenda,going to go to Barnes and noble to try and find the book weelicious,can’t wait to try more recipes. Thanks for sharing Two Peas in the Pod! Oh! I just love that pic of Caleb’s sweet little precious hand taking a fruit bar,What a great memory you have with that one lol.

  20. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — September 4, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    This looks like the perfect, healthy snack I can make for my hubby! I don’t have kidlets yet, but I know he would love them! I love a good nutritious and easy recipe.

  21. Kim — September 4, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Sounds yummy! I’m going to try this today with some GF flour instead of the whole wheat flour.

  22. Susan — September 4, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    We will be making these tomorrow (just made your Zucchini Coconut cookies yesterda – SO DELICIOUS).

    Is there a way to print the recipe without the PromoSimple ad? It makes the recipe run over to two pages. Yes, I know I can just copy & paste it into Word and print from there, but I am lazy…

  23. ashley - Baker by Nature — September 4, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    These bars sound incredible! Perfect for snack time.

  24. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 4, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    These bars look fantastic, Maria! Love that the ingredient list is so simple and they’re so wholesome! Wonderful recipe for snacks.

  25. Ashley M — September 4, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    These look so yummy! I will have to try them out! Who doesnt love jam and butter! mmmmm!

  26. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 4, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    I adore her new cookbook! So many great recipes! And I love the picture of Caleb’s hand reaching for a bar. Adorable!

  27. Liz F — September 4, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

  28. Shin-Dy Liang — September 4, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    LOVE IT! It’s so healthy too. can’t wait to do it now.

  29. Patty — September 4, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Any suggestions for something other than jam? I’d really like to use real fruit instead.

  30. Gaby — September 4, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    such a perf snack! I’m loving Catherines new book too!

  31. Liz — September 4, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Nice bars. Thank you.

  32. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 4, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Great giveaway!! And these are the perfect healthy snack!

  33. Deb E — September 4, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    These look just the right consistency. I pinned your fave recipes too. Thank you!

  34. Kiran @ — September 4, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I love Catherine’s Insta feed too! So many creative lunchbox ideas. Love this fruit filled bars, Maria :)

  35. Natalie — September 4, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    These look awesome! Can they be frozen? Also, can I used Rolled Oats instead of Old Fashioned Oats?
    Thank you!

    • Two Peas replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing them, but I am sure they would freeze just fine! Yes, use rolled oats!

  36. Martha in KS — September 4, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    I just bought some fig jam – I bet this would make some delish fig bars. Thanks!

  37. Marie — September 4, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    These look good! I like making a taco salad with arugula and a hot sauce vinaigrette for a healthy lunch :)

  38. kathi byker — September 4, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I keep a look out for what I call ‘breakfast cookies’ and this might fall in that category – a quick go to on the way out the door!

  39. Beverly — September 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    I love the idea of adding peanut butter to these…. so easy too! Great share! Thanks

  40. Joanne — September 4, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    I’ve seen so many good reviews of this cookbook! I met Catherine two years ago and she was such a sweetheart. These bars look fabulous.

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