These little power squares are filled with nutrients and make for a great power snack to throw in your kids’ lunch box! They provide lots of fiber and fruit, and the nuts & flax seeds (Chia seeds as well if you opt to make them vegan) are a nice source of healthy oils. I use KIND healthy grains granola which is lower in sugar than most (and lower in fat too–just so wholesome!), dried fruit (unsweetened, of course!) and honey, to make them just perfectly sweet, not too much, just enough! The kids love these little chewy squares and they are fun to make with them. They keep well in an airtight container or in the freezer so you can always have them on hand. They can be made with a variety of dried fruit (see variations).
*For my vegan friends, you can replace the egg whites with 2 Tbsp Chia seeds, diluted in 2/3 cup water. Let sit for 5 minutes and stir well before adding to the batter, and replace the honey with 100% pure maple syrup.
Chewy Granola Squares
- 3 cups low fat granola*
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- ½ cup walnuts or pecans
- 10 dried figs the large moist ones
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup honey
- 1 Tbsp flaxmeal
- 4 organic egg whites free-range* (or see vegan option)
- ½ cup oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Grind the granola, nuts and dried fruit together in a food processor until well mixed.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the rolled oats) to the mixture and process again until the consistency is that of a sticky paste.
- Place rolled oats in the bottom of an 8x12 pan.
- Spread the dough with a spatula dipped in water so that it will be easier to handle.
- It will seem as though there isn’t enough dough to fill the whole pan, don’t worry, just keep on dipping that spatula in water and gently spread, it will fill the pan perfectly, honest !
- Finish off the corners with wet fingers, if needed (the kids especially love to help with this!)
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Let cool and cut in 48 little squares (6 columns and 8 rows)