Tested till perfect Orange Date Squares
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Orange Date Squares

Morning, midday or afternoon, these squares are satisfying and delicious.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: April 2009

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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  • Portion size 24 squares


  • 2-1/2 cups 2-1/2cupsrolled oats
  • 1-1/4 cups 1-1/4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgrated orange rind
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1 cup 1cupcold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupsliced hazelnuthazelnuts


  • 1 pkg (375 g) 1pkg (375 g)pitted datedates
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupgranulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsporange juice
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Filling: In saucepan, stir together 2 cups (500 mL) water, dates, sugar and lemon and orange juices; let stand for 30 minutes. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and boil gently, stirring often, until thickened, 10 minutes. Let cool.

In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt; cut in butter until mixture is in coarse crumbs.

Press half of oat mixture evenly into 8-inch (2 L) square parchment paper–lined metal cake pan; spread with date mixture.

Toss remaining oat mixture with hazelnuts; sprinkle over date mixture, pressing lightly.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional Information Per square: about

cal 206 pro 3g total fat 9g sat. fat 5g
carb 30g fibre 3g chol 20mg sodium 80mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 7 vit A 7 vit C 2
folate 8
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