BITES OF HEALTHY FOOD: ‘ Whole Grain Raspberry Energy Bars’

Wheat seems to have a bad reputation these days, but in its natural unrefined state, the grain has a host of important nutrients. Always try to opt for whole-wheat products, which haven’t been refined and stripped of their natural goodness.

Photo by Perry Santanachote

Photo by Perry Santanachote

Whenever we can, we also like to add wheat germ into the mix — the nutrient-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is removed during the refining process.

Packed with important B vitamins, such as folate, thiamin and vitamin B6; and the minerals zinc, magnesium and manganese, wheat germ is a super grain that’s easily incorporated into baked goods. In this recipe, we replaced some of the flour with germ, but the wholesome breakfast bars are also filled with fiber from oats, flax seeds and raspberries.

Enjoy one with a cup of yogurt for a well-rounded morning meal.

Whole-Grain Raspberry Jam Bars Recipe

Serves 24

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

The Skinny

Per bar:

  • 170 cal
  • 10 g fat (5 g sat)
  • 19 g carbs
  • 106 mg sodium
  • 2.3 g fiber
  • 3 g protein


Cooking oil spray
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, cut into 16 pieces and softened
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
3/4 cup sugar-free raspberry jam
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice