Pear Oat Squares

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I’m always searching for new, healthy snack ideas for our family that have real food ingredients. Bonus points if it doesn’t come in a package. That usually means putting in a little work to make something from scratch, but I don’t mind doing that ahead of time so that I know we have quick snacks to grab for the week. These Pear Oat Squares only have 4 ingredients and come together pretty quickly in the food processor. Totally worth it to know that my kids are eating something that’s good and good for them.

Pears are probably my favorite dried fruit. Something about that sweet, slightly grainy texture just does it for my taste buds. Paired with dates, oats, and some spices they are just irresistible. I’ve written the recipe to include the ever-popular pumpkin pie spice. If you don’t have that in your spice collection, some combination of cinnamon, ginger, and/or cardamom should work just fine. Make sure you use old-fashioned oats and not the quick version.

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Look at those oats! Don’t they just scream wholesome??

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Four simple ingredients come together into a ball of dough. After that, just shape, cut, and roll in more oats. Voila… little nuggets of delicious fall flavor!

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Innobaby sent me these handy airtight, non-toxic, leak-proof snack boxes and they are perfect for sending these Pear Oat Squares to school or work for snack time. I love that they have a removable divider to keep foods separated. They are also insulted to keep food cold or warm longer. The best part is that the lids are easy to snap on and off. I’ve had other stainless steel containers before that my preschooler couldn’t open herself. Kids can feel independent while getting their own Keepin’ Smart lid off at school. I am looking forward to using these containers to pack fun and healthy snacks for my kids. They will even help support our school’s waste free lunch initiative.

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Pear Oat Squares

Yield: approx. 25 1 inch squares
Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 1/2 cups dried pears
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or some combination of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom)

Directions:
  • Place oats in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until ground. Some small pieces will remain… you don’t want to process so much that you make it into flour.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup of the processed oats in a small bowl. Put the rest of the ingredients into the bowl of the food processor with the remaining 3/4 cup of ground oats. Process until a ball of dough starts to form (see photos). 
  • Use plastic wrap to line a loaf pan or another small pan. I used a 5×5″ square glass container. Leave some extra plastic wrap hanging over each side. Press your dough into the bottom of your pan to shape it. I like to fold the extra plastic wrap over to help smooth it out. 
  • Unmold the dough block from your pan and plastic wrap and place it on a cutting board. Cut the block into approximate 1″ squares. I recommend using a sharp knife dipped in water to prevent sticking.
  • Press the sides of each square into the small bowl of ground oats to cover them evenly. 
  • Pack up your Pear Oat Squares for snacks! You can store the squares at room temperature or in the fridge for longer storage.

adapted from Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes. Her Apple Oat Bar version of this recipe is also a huge hit in our house. 

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