Almost Nutra Grain Bars

READY IN: 35mins
SERVES: 16-20


  • 1
    (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 12
    cups quick-cooking oatmeal (use only quick-cooking)
  • 12
    cup brown sugar (use 3/4 cup for a sweeter crust and topping)
  • 12
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 14
    cup melted butter, plus
  • 2
    tablespoons melted butter (can use vegetable oil)
  • 1
    large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2
    teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 2
    cups strawberry preserves (can use a little more, or use your favorite preserves) or 2 cups raspberry preserves (can use a little more, or use your favorite preserves)


  • Set oven to 375 degrees (oven rack to second-bottom position).
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl combine cake mix, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar; mix with a spatula or a large wooden spoon.
  • In a small cup whisk egg with lemon juice and vanilla until combined; add to the crumb mixture along with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  • Using a large wooden spoon toss to combine then use your fingers to finish the mixing.
  • Mix until the mixture clumps together.
  • Sprinkle a litle more than half of the crumb mixture into the pan then spread out evenly pressing firmly to cover bottom.
  • Spoon the jam carefully over the crust in the pan and spread evenly.
  • Cover with remaining crumb mixture over top of the jam then gently pat the mixture down slightly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes (the top should be very light brown).
  • Cool completely, or semi-freeze before cutting into bars (this will make cutting the bars easier).