Thinking Outside the Kashi Box


GoLean Crunch! CerealAlicia de los Reyes, Just Baking – Kashi, the purveyor of the healthiest-sounding foods on the planet, have made their mark on the breakfast table. But who knew they would hold up after dinner, too? My friend found their online collection of recipes and has been baking sinless sweets for weeks now. I’m sorry I didn’t discover it sooner–I might have avoided guilt the last time I made a batch of cookies!

Many of the Kashi recipes are sent in by loyal health nuts around the country and are quite daring in their scope. I would never have thought to put Kashi shake mix in my muffins, but Michael from Philadelphia took that leap. I personally favor the GoLean Apple Raisin Squares. They are cakelike in texture and a bit like blondies. They are neither overpoweringly sweet nor underwhelmingly healthy. If you’re looking for something to share with friends, this is a good pan to bring to a party, maybe along with a tub of frozen yogurt. Even though these aren’t quite granola bars, it seems like it wouldn’t be kind to top these bars with a scoop of ice cream.

And they would make a great breakfast the next morning…

GoLean Apple Raisin Squares
By Michael from Philadelphia, PA with modifications

2 cups Kashi GOLEAN Crunch!® Cereal, finely crushed
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or Sugar in the Raw)
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1/4 cup canola oil (or oil of choice)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups apples, finely diced


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.In a medium bowl, mix first 5 ingredients. Mix well, then set aside. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, brown sugar, egg substitute, honey, oil and vanilla. Then add diced apples and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Spread evenly in oiled and floured 9 x 13 inch bake pan and bake 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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