Plum Oatmeal Squares Plum Oatmeal Squares

Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Laura Branson Image by: Jodi Pudge

Classic date squares have been reimagined in this dessert featuring a sweet and sticky plum filling. Don't worry if the plums aren't red in the centres; the peel will cook down to give the filling a beautiful deep-red colour.

  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 3 hours & 30 minutes
  • Portion size 16 servings



In saucepan, bring plums, 3/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the orange zest and orange juice to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until plums are tender and beginning to break down, about 12 minutes.

Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp water; stir into plum mixture. Bring to boil; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Scrape into bowl; place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

While plum mixture is chilling, in large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and remaining granulated sugar. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Firmly press half of the oat mixture into bottom of parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

Spread plum mixture over crust. Gently press remaining oat mixture into small clumps; sprinkle over plum mixture. Bake in 350°F oven until crumble is golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)

Nutritional facts Per square: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 121 mg
  • Sugars 30 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 304
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 130 mg
  • Cholesterol 31 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 46 g


  • Iron 8
  • Folate 9
  • Calcium 2
  • Vitamin A 11
  • Vitamin C 8
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Plum Oatmeal Squares