Date Squares Date Squares

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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


Crust and Topping:
Date Filling:


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


  • Iron 6.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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