DIY Cereal Bars for Back to School

DIY Cereal Bars

Tupperware recently shared an amazing video on DIY Cereal Bars.  Not the ones made with different cereal, but the grain and fruit bars like NutriGrain, etc.  My girls love them for breakfast and we all know breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day!


On my last TV spot on Bounce TV I shared this great recipe of DIY Cereal Bars as a go to for Back to School.   I hope you love it as much as they did (as well as my family.)

DIY Cereal Bars

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. table salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup honey
  • 10 tbsp. desired jam for filling or 1½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled & chopped using the Power Chef.


  1. Place oats into base of Power Chef fitted with blade attachment. Cover and pull cord until oats are finely cut.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, both flours, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together egg, melted butter, vanilla and honey.
  4. Pour butter mixture into flour and stir until combined.
  5. Place dough onto Silicone Wonder® Mat and roll out until approximately ¼″/.6 cm thick.
  6. Trim off edges of dough with the edge of the Silicone Spatula to make a rectangle.
  7. Using the edge of the Silicone Spatula, make as many 3½ x 4″/8 x 10 cm rectangles as possible with the dough. Re-roll any remaining dough.
  8. Spread 1 tbsp. of jam or chopped strawberries onto each piece of dough. Fold dough into thirds to close the bar and gently press down the ends.
  9. Preheat oven to 350° F/175° C.
  10. Place bars onto baking pan lined with Silicone Wonder® Mat. If desired, sprinkle with oats and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.
  11. Store in sealed container up to three days or freeze up to one month.


Check out the segment on BounceTV here if you want to hear the other great Fresh Tips I shared for Back to School 🙂

Corinne Brown

*recipe from

FRESH IDEA: Kids Activities for Summer

Summer Fun for Kids with the Fresh Expert

It’s Summer!!  With the kids home from school I have to tell you –  they may get restless  –  I know mine do!  So here are some simple inexpensive ideas you can do together to create memories and even play with a little science.

Play Dough
1 cup water
4 cups flour
2-4 TBSP Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 cups salt
food coloring
glitter (optional)

Pour Water into large mixing bowl.  Then add food coloring and then add the dry ingredients (flour and salt).  Next add 2-4 TBSP of oil . .  then knead until a soft dough if formed.  Store in Tupperware so it lasts weeks!



▪A big bowl
▪cornflour (also known as cornstarch!)
▪food colouring (optional )

What to do
▪Fill a cup with cornflour and add to the bowl
▪Add water very slowly mixing with your hands all the time, until you get a sticky, slimy goo.
▪If you want to make it coloured add some food colouring, be careful this can stain skin and clothes.


Make your own Volcano Lamp/ or Ocean.

  • Fill the bottle or jar  a quarter full with water.
  • Top up to the (near) top with the vegetable oil
  • The oil and water should separate into two layers, water at the bottom and oil sitting on top. Add about 6-8 drops of food colouring once they have separated.
  • To make an ocean, add glitter, sparkles, etc.
  • To make a Volcano, pop in half an alka seltzer tablet and watch the bubbles form.   Then, add more alka seltzer bit by bit to keep the bubbles rising and falling.


Shaving Cream Puff Paint

1/2 cup Shaving Cream
1/2 cup Glue
a few drops of food coloring.


  • Use equal parts shaving cream and glue
  • Mix together in a plastic bag for “pipping” or on a plate with a brush
  • Use heavy paper to play on. Have fun!

Fresh Thought: That One Eye

Okay, this is a kind of a different post than you may have seen before from me.  A Fresh Thought is something random that I think the world should know.  I am warning you a head of time, it may be a little “sappy” to some.  But, for me it was a real moment of realization, and one that I wonder if YOU, my Fresh Friends feel too?

My 8 year old has started using messaging on her iPod to her family.  She wanted contact pictures, and requested this one from me from my phone.


As I loaded it to her iPod,  I first saw that my eye to the left in the picture was smaller than the one on the right.  I realized I had the dreaded “oversmiling;” where one cheek raises higher than the other, causing your eye to start to squint.  That one eye I know we all have!!

To me, that honestly is the sign of true happiness. Not caring about how the picture may end up looking, but there in the moment.

Unfortunately, when viewed later, the feeling that was in that moment is lost. For me,  I started critiquing.

Later, when I sat down to respond to messages, I saw it again and my view changed.

This is what my daughter sees when she looks at me. I know that my smile is constantly beaming when she is sharing her day, thoughts, moments, life.  Yes, that arm is reaching out hold the camera for a selfie, but for her, I am reaching out in her direction. Hugging her.  Loving her.  Whenever she looks at this picture, she can feel that feeling.

So while initially I thought it was a “oversmile,” I realized it is a true moment. My hope, is that she sees herself reflected in my eyes and knows the joy my heart beams for her.

She is an amazing kid!  🙂     Have you ever had a moment like that?


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