Date Squares are a classic recipe that generations and generations have made before us. The generations before us that made these squares were pretty smart because Date date_squares.jpgSquares (depending on who makes them), can be amazingly nourishing for your body. Dates and Oats which are the main ingredients in this dessert are powerhouses!

Dates: are full of fibre which has a couple of benefits including, weight-loss (fibre helps to keep you full) and keeping your bowel movements regular (yay for poop!). Dates are rich in magnesium, which makes them anti-inflammatory, great for keeping blood pressure low, and magnesium has been proven to reduce chances of stroke! 

Oats: contain a special type of fibre called beta-glucan, which is a powerhouse for people looking to reduce their cholesterol, high cholesterol impacts your risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Heart Attack, and Stroke. Oats are also gluten-free which makes them a great ingredient for anyone with gluten intolerance or sensitivity. *Just ensure you buy Oats that are marked as Gluten-Free, as they can be contaminated.*

Date Square Recipe

Ingredients

Crust: 

3 Cups                                      Oats

1/2 Cup                                    Coconut Oil, melted

Date Filling:

2 Cups                                      Dates

1 Cup                                        Water

1 TSP                                         Cinnamon

1/2 TSP                                     Ginger

Crumble Topping:

1  ½ Cups                                Oats

1/2 Cup                                    Walnuts, chopped (optional)

1/4 Cup                                    Coconut Oil

2 TBSP                                     Brown Sugar (optional)

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

To make the crust, put your oats into a food processor or blender.IMG_1605.JPG
Pulse until smooth, your oats should resemble a flour-like texture. Combine your oats and melted coconut oil. The mixture should be moist enough that it stays together when you form a ball. Put crust mixture into a parchment lined baking dish, I use an 8×8 rimmed dish. Pat crust to form a smooth, even layer in your baking dish. Using a fork, poke holes all over the crust. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. While the crust is baking make your date filling.

IMG_1608.JPGTo make date mixture, combine dates, water and spices in a pot. Simmer everything together for about 15 minutes or until it has reached a thick mixture and all the dates have broken down. Set aside.

To make the topping, combine the oats and chopped walnuts and brown sugar if you are using it. Add your coconut oil, using a fork or your fingers smush everything together until you reach a clumpy, crumble-like mixture.

Once your crust is cooked, pour date filling on top of your oat crust. Using the back of a spoon, even and smooth out your date mixture. Pour your crumble mixture over top of your crust, and with your hands press the crumble topping into the date mixture a bit so that everything stays put once it’s cooked.

Bake your squares for 35 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden brown.

Bon Appétit!

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