I am so excited to finally be a part of The Secret Recipe Club!  The Secret Recipe Club is a group that makes recipes from each other’s blogs, but you have no idea who had your blog or what they chose to make until the big reveal day, which this month, is today!

For my first month as a member of the club, I was assigned to make a recipe from Angela’s Kitchen.  Angela is a genius when it comes to gluten-free and dairy-free cooking and baking.  She is passionate about making recipes for those with food allergies just as tasty as the original dishes.  The recipe that I chose to make from Angela’s collection was these Homemade Cereal Bars which Angela describes as “Better than Nutrigrain Bars”.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I have to say that I agree with her! These bars are so soft and chewy and have the flavors of oats, cinnamon and strawberry baked in.  The ingredients are wholesome enough that you can truly feel good about eating one of these bars for breakfast!  You could also incorporate nuts, wheat germ, flax seeds or any other mix-ins that you like into these Homemade Cereal Bars.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

For these Homemade Cereal Bars, I used regular rolled oats, but to make them gluten-free simply substitute gluten-free rolled oats.  You could use whatever fruit filling flavor you prefer and could also use regular butter, melted instead of the coconut oil.  No matter what substitutions you make, these Homemade Cereal Bars are sure to be one of your go-to weekly make-ahead breakfast items.

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Homemade Cereal Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 20 bars

Homemade Cereal Bars that are flavored with cinnamon and strawberry and are soft, chewy and wholesome

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter) melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup strawberry jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment.
  3. In a food processor, pulse half of the oats (1 1/2 cups) until roughly ground.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all of the oats, brown sugar, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add melted coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix well to incorporate.
  6. Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared pan evenly.
  7. Microwave jelly for 30 seconds so that it is more easily spreadable.
  8. Pour jelly over oat mixture and spread to cover evenly.
  9. Press remaining oat mixture over jelly gently.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Cool completely, then use the parchment to lift the bars out of the pan.
  12. Cut and serve.
  13. Recipe adapted from Angela's Kitchen

Homemade Cereal Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}



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17 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Those sound delicious! Very pretty pictures too, good job! 🙂

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    These look so good, and much healthier than the store-bought variety!

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  3. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Mercedes, this look right up my alley! Oats, coconut oil, cinnamon, applesauce, brown sugar… everything I love to bake with. 🙂 And I love that they are a much smarter (and cheaper!) choice than anything you can find at the store. I can only imagine how chewy these are!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

      Thanks Sally! These bars are so soft and chewy thanks to that coconut oil and applesauce! And you can feel good about eating them!

      Reply

  4. Lynne
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:05 am

    Beautiful photos! Your cereal bars look delicious and I’m sure are much healthier than the bars in the stores!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

      Thank you Lynne! The bars were quite tasty and so easy to throw together!

      Reply

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I know I would love these – great use for coconut oil!!

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  6. Jennifer Sikora
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    These sound like something my family would love. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I think these bars would be winners for kids and adults alike so I hope that your family likes them!

      Reply

  7. Shelley C
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, those look great – I am pinning this recipe to make very soon! Great choice, and welcome to the SRC 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

      Thank you for the welcome Shelley! I am so excited to be a part of the club!

      Reply

  8. Miz Helen
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    What a lovely presentation for your Homemade Cereal Bars, we would love these.
    Happy Valentine Day!
    Miz Helen
    SRC Group B

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

      Thank you Miz! I am so excited to be a part of the SRC!

      Reply

  9. colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    These look delicious and sounds so easy. Pinning to try soon. and welcome to SRC!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

      Thank you Colleen! I am so excited to finally be a part of the SRC!

      Reply

  10. rebekah
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    I think my kids would love these! Welcome to the SRC!!

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    • Mercedes
      Feb 21, 2013 @ 8:18 am

      Thank you for the kind welcome Rebekah! I am very excited to be a part of the club!

      Reply

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