Date Squares Recipe

Date Squares Recipe

50-minute recipe Serves 16
These squares, made with dates, whole wheat flour and oats are a great lunch box treat or evening snack. The dates add their own chewy sweetness, so this date squares recipe doesn't need a ton of processed sugar.

Tip: Oats and dates are a great way to add extra fibre to your diet.
50-minute recipe Serves 16


2 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp
1 1/4 cups
1 1/4 cups
1/2 tsp
1/2 cup


Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 35 mins
  • 1

    Combine dates and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and only few pieces of dates remain, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  • 2

    Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-in square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  • 3

    Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda in a medium bowl. Cut in margarine and remaining 2 tbsp water with a pastry cutter (or use your finger tips) until mixture resembles small peas.

  • 4

    Press half of oat mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared dish. Top with date mixture. Smooth top. Crumble remaining oat mixture overtop. Gently press down.

  • 5

    Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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