Date squares are one of those recipes that make me think about my grandmother, she would always have date squares, fig bars and jam cookies at her house and as a snooty little kid, I always wondered what her deal was. I mean where is the chocolate? why is she always shoving a jam like spread in all the sweet things and why can’t we just dip this in chocolate? I remember never wanting to try her “healthy” weird things, but when I got older I tried a date square and man oh man! did I love it! the sweetness of the dates with the buttery crust had my head spinning in a whirlwind of love. Back in the day I classified that as me being healthy, and with such large quantities of sugar and butter, you know its really not that good for you.
As I’ve been trying to eat my large quantities of dates a day for an easier labour ( I’ll let you guys know if it works) I’ve gotten really tired of eating it in oats or smoothies. I just started not being able to hit my date quota, so these little healthy date squares are my solution! They are a tasty healthy treat filled with good for you ingredients, made with a small amount of sweetener in the crust, because come one guys! Dates are sweet enough! and coconut oil instead of butter. its the perfect little grab and go snack that everyone will love.
HEALTHY DATE SQUARES – 16 squares
- 2 cups rolled oats ( gluten free)
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds ( I just add flax seeds to the rolled oats while blending it to give it a nice roughage kind of consistency)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 5 tbsp liquid sweetener
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp xantum gum
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup boiling water
In a bowl add the dates, 1 tsp vanilla and boiling water. Stir around until covered. Let sit.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ or 180 degrees C.
Add the oats, flax seeds, cinnamon and salt to a food processor. Process until you’ve reached the consistency of a wholewheat flour, not to flour like.
Add the sweetener, xantum gum, vanilla and coconut oil. Pulse until it forms a dough.
Grease a pan. Take 2/3 of the dough and press it tightly into the pan, making sure its nicely pressed. Wipe down your processor and add the dates mixture, Pulse until smooth.
Spread the date mixture over the oats mixture, spreading evenly. Take the rest of the oat dough and spread it over the date mixture and keep pressing it down.
Bake for 20 – 35 minutes or until lightly golden all over. Remove from oven and let completely cool before cutting. Serve.