Dental Health

RECIPE: Fruit & Seed Bars

Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, but did you know nutrition has an effect on your dental health, too?

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, dairy, tea and fluoride provides essential nutrients for optimum oral health.


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 cup dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, currants, cranberries and/or cherries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the first 6 ingredients until finely chopped (it’s ok if there are few coarsely chopped pieces).
  3. Add the honey and sunflower and pulse until starting to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch pan, greased then lined with parchment and press down into the pan until completely even.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Let the bars completely cool before cutting with a serrated knife into bars.

See the original recipe on the Epicurious website.

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