DIY Fruit-Filled Snack Bars

My kids are big fans of all those little snacks that come individually wrapped. Granola bars. Go-gurt. Nutrigrain bars. Goldfish. But I am not a big fan of the cost to feed those kinds of snacks to my kids on a regular basis.

I developed this recipe with an eye toward making school snacks healthier and more affordable. I wanted to create a bar that my kids would look forward to eating, so I listened to their input as I tested it over and over. “More jam,” they said. So the jam filling went from 1 cup to 2 cups. I knew this recipe was going to be fantastic, because when one of my batches didn’t turn out, and I started digging it out of the pan, debating whether to toss it or try to turn it into something else, my kids stood at my elbow and gobbled up the “ruined” bits as fast as I could get them out of the pan.

Fortunately, I was able to fix that test-batch problem. These bars are a snap to make, and are irresistibly yummy. You can easily vary the flavor of these bars by varying the jam. Spiced apple butter would make apple cinnamon bars. Strawberry and raspberry would be classic flavors, but even apricot, peach, or mixed berry would be tasty. For something entirely different, give Nutella a whirl.


What you need:

Fruit-Filled Snack Bars

Fruit-Filled Snack Bars


  • Crust:
    • 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
    • 1 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
    • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
    • 1/4 c. wheat bran
    • 1 t. baking powder
    • 1 t. kosher salt
    • 1/2 t. baking soda
    • 1/2 t. cinnamon
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 c. milk
    • 1 t. vanilla
  • Remaining ingredients:
    • 2 c. jam, any flavor
    • 1-2 T. milk
    • 1-2 T. wheat bran


  • food processor
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • knife
  • bench scraper
  • spatula
  • 9″x13″ baking dish

Time: 30 minutes prep + 1 hour chilling + 35 minutes baking

Freezeable: Yes! I slice them into bars and layer them between waxed paper in an airtight container.

Serves: Makes 18 bars.

Multiplying the recipe: Each batch should be cooked in its own pan.

DIY Fruit-Filled Snack Bars:

For the crust: In a food processor, pulse all the dry ingredients together until the oats turn to a fine powder. Add the butter cubes and pulse until coarse crumbs form.

In a measuring cup, mix the egg, milk, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and pulse until just combined.

Immediately press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9”x13” baking dish, using the well-floured flat bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass. Place the baking dish and the remaining 1/3 crumb mixture (in a sealed container) in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.

To finish the bars: Preheat the oven to 325F. Remove the baking dish from the oven, and spread jam over the top of the crust, almost to the edges. On a well-floured surface, roll out the remaining crumb mixture into a 9”x3” rectangle, and place it over top of the jam. Working quickly, brush the top of the crust with milk and sprinkle with bran. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into 18 bars.

Fruit-Filled Snack Bars

About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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