I know, I know… It can’t be Vanilla Cupcakes and Pumpkin Donuts all the time. For those days that you need a little more nutritional oomph to your treats might I suggest a Hippie Square? Packed with whole grains, wheat germ, and sweetened with brown rice syrup, these squares make a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, study break snack, or maybe (dare I say) breakfast.
I must admit, I really enjoyed their flavour, but was a little concerned that my junk food loving tasters might find them too “healthy tasting”. I worried for nothing. The squares disappeared in no time, and it was even brought to my attention that they ran out and wanted more
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Wheat Germ
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
3 tbsp Applesauce (unsweetened)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 – 2 tbsp Sunflower Seeds, toasted
Preheat oven to 325°F and prepare a square 8″ baking pan.
Blend the flour, wheat germ, rolled oats, and baking soda. Set aside.
Beat together the oil, rice syrup, flaxseed, applesauce, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Stir in the dry ingredients and then the cranberries.
Press into baking pan, smoothing out the surface (I use my dampened fingers).
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Return to oven until the chocolate chips have softened (a minute or less). Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips into an even layer over surface, and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
Completely cool before cutting into squares.