Orange Date Squares Orange Date Squares

Image: Yvonne Duivenvoorden | Food Styling: Claire Stancer | Props Styling: Catherine Doherty

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

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2009




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 facts Per square: about

  • Sodium 80 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 206.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 30 g


  • Iron 7.0
  • Folate 8.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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