As far as desserts go, I really love squares! I love dates squares, lemon squares, coconut squares- pretty much any type of square! 🙂 I love the combination of crunchy oats and sweet fruit! My friend Rochelle made these clean fruit squares and I could NOT stop eating them! I’ve had some “clean” squares before and they were “ok” but you could really tell that they were “healthy”. THESE were INCREDIBLE!! Are they still healthy if you eat half the pan? Yikes! The great thing about this recipe is that you can make them into whatever type of fruit bar you like best. The ones I did were a mixed summer berry, but you could do blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, etc. In this recipe I will call for “fruit jam of choice” or “fresh fruit of choice” so that you can get creative and make them with your favourite fruit! You are going to LOVE these! Good luck eating just one! 😉
2 Cups Oats
1 Cup raw almonds
1 Cup packed dates
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
1/2 Tsp Almond extract
1 Jar of “no sugar added” jam of your choice.
1 Cup fresh fruit of your choice.
Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a food processor, process almonds, oats, and salt until lightly ground. Add in the dates and pulse until crumbly. Add in the melted coconut oil and process until the mixture comes together.
Remove oat mixture from the processor. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping and then press the remaining into the bottom of the pan.
Rinse out the food processor and then combine the jam, fresh fruit and almond extract and pulse until mixed well.
Spoon the fruit mixture evenly over the crust in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumble on the top.
**TIP** Don’t be afraid to play around with the crust mixture. If it seems too mushy, just add a little more of the dry ingredients and if it seems to crumbly just add a little more coconut oil! Play with it until you get a consistency that is easy to work with!
Chill in the fridge for at least one hour prior to serving. Serve immediately out of the fridge as the squares will start to get soft when left out.