Date Squares

Date Squares IMAGE Author: Canadian Living Credits: Date Squares IMAGE

Chopping the dates for these squares is easier, and less messy, if you use kitchen shears or scissors to cut them.

  • Portion size 30 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2010

Ingredients

Crust and Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cup large-flake rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
Date Filling:
  • 3 cups chopped dried pitted dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt

Method

Date Filling: In bowl, combine dates with boiling water; cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mash with fork until smooth.

Crust and Topping: In food processor, pulse together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda until oats are chopped, 5 to 10 pulses. Pulse in butter until crumbly; pulse in cold water until mixture comes together. remove one-third of the oat mixture for topping; toss with chopped-almonds.

Assembly: Press remaining pat mixture into parchment paper-lined 13- x  9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan to make crust; spread filling over crust. Sprinkle topping over filling, pressing lightly.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack before cutting into squares.

Change it up:

Date and Prune Squares:
In filling, reduce dates to 1-1/2 cups; add 1-1/2 cups chopped pitted prunes.

Blueberry Squares: Omit Date Filling. In saucepan, bring 5 cups blueberrries and 1 cup granulated sugar to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk 1/3 cup orange juice with 3 tbsp cornstarch until smooth; whisk into blueberry mixture and boil, stirring until thickened, about 1 minute. Scrape into bowl; place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Assemble and bake as directed. Let cool to room temperature; refrigerate until set before cutting into squares.

Nutritional facts Per square: about

  • Sodium 60 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 140.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 164 mg
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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