Makes 12 squares.
Dairy and gluten free, these squares are good as a snack or as a fibre-packed, grab-and-go breakfast.
Place dates in bowl of electric mixer. Pour boiling water over top. Add vanilla, orange peel, and ginger. Let stand 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line 8 or 9 in (20 or 23 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper.
Using paddle attachment, beat date mixture until mashed and evenly mixed. Beat in oats, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and dried fruit.
Press mixture into pan and smooth top. Bake until firm and edges are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool, then cut into squares. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or wrap individually and freeze for up to 3 months.
This recipe is part of the Naturally Sweetened Desserts collection.
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