Healthy Harvest Squares

This week marks the end of my six week yoga for beginners course. While I had done some yoga in the past, it had been at least a year since I hit the mat, and I wanted to start over with a strong foundation (tips for new yogis can be found here). I’m absolutely loving it, and while I’m sad my course is almost over, I’m excited to start a new class and continue on with my yoga journey.

Healthy Harvest Squares

Because my class is from 6:00pm to 7:15pm, I’ve been digging through my pantry for a healthy pre-yoga snack. I eat dinner after class, so I need something light, but satisfying enough to keep my stomach from growling. My go-to snack has always been a Kind bar, but they’re not easy to find on the island, and the stash I brought back from my last trip to North America is almost gone. So I figured I would just make my own!

Feeling inspired by the season, I combined a few different recipes and came up with these harvest squares. Packed full of nuts, seeds, and slightly sweet, it’s the perfect snack to get me through a yoga class, a workout, or whenever I want a healthy bite!

Healthy Harvest Squares

Healthy Harvest Squares
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup honey
  2. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  3. a pinch of salt
  4. 1 tbsp agave nectar
  5. 1/4 cup almond butter
  6. 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  7. 1/2 cup almond flour
  8. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  9. 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  10. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  11. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the honey, vanilla, salt, agave nectar, and almond butter in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for four minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, flax seed, coconut, seeds, and cranberries.
  4. Pour the boiling honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss well.
  5. Place the mixture in the fridge for 5 minutes to cool.
  6. Remove from fridge and fold in the chocolate chips (be careful not to over mix or you will melt the chocolate).
  7. Pour mixture into a 9 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  8. Press mixture evenly into pan using the back of a greased spoon.
  9. Chill in fridge for an hour, or until firm, before cutting into squares.
  10. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. You can substitute the agave nectar with 2 tbsp granulated sugar.
  2. Peanut butter can be used in place of almond butter.
  3. Almond flour can be replaced with coconut flour or oat bran.
  4. Cranberries can be replaced with raisins, dried cherries, or any mixture of dried fruit.
Adapted from Eat Live Run
Adapted from Eat Live Run
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6 Comments

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    Those squares look very tasty & healthy! I love that you added chocolate to them too! I would have added them anyway when I try the recipe! 🙂

    I took a prenatal yoga class when I was pregnant for my son and loved it. I do some yoga at home once in a while to stretch out my sore muscles!

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    Those look SO good! I never know what to eat before a workout either, and usually stick with something boring like a banana. I’d love to try and make these–thanks for sharing the recipe (and good on you for hitting up the yoga mat again!).

    Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving 🙂 XOXO

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      Thanks Charlotte! I had one of these squares last night before class and it did the trick! No more growling stomach, and I was still hungry enough for dinner after class 🙂

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