Super-Powered Granola Squares

Photo: EcoParent magazine

This easy recipe incorporates many high power superfoods for fueling you and your family when you need a nutritious crunchy snack. These lunch-box treats are also nut-free (coconut is not a nut, but a tree fruit)!

2 cups oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup hemp hearts
¼ cup chia seeds
½ cup ground flax seeds
⅓ cup coconut oil
⅔ cup maple syrup (or agave syrup)
¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup goji berries (or cranberries),
½ cup cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips)
1 tsp lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8”×12” baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Toss the oats, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a bowl and spread out on a dry sheet pan and toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

3. In a small pot, melt the coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and salt on medium heat until it boils. Stir for one minute and take off heat. Add vanilla and toss over oat mixture, adding all the rest of the ingredients, and combine well.

4. Pour mixture into parchment lined 8”x12” baking pan.

5. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes, until golden.

6. Let cool in pan before cutting in squares.

Servings: 30 squares. Preparation time: 20 minutes

Alexis says: If using the goji berries, try eliminating the lemon zest for a slightly more conventional granola bar flavour.

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EcoParent is a national magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Fun and inspirational in tone - and never judgmental - it is Canada's premiere publication for the conscientious parent. Food, fashion, books, travel, and so much more!

Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND, is a naturopathic doctor and passionate whole-foods chef who brings her diverse culinary experience and knowledge of food as medicine to the kitchen with zest. In her practice at the Sage Clinic in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC, Dr. Heidi utilizes the traditional naturopathic modalities: clinical nutrition, diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, homeopathy as well as acupuncture and prescription drugs like bioidentical hormones. Alongside her private clinical practice she writes, lectures, and teaches the practical art of healthy living through experiential workshops and culinary nutrition classes.