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Date Squares

  • Cooking time35 min
  • Prep time15 min
  • Makes 20 squares
recipe image Carrés aux Dattes


  • 2 1/2 cups pitted dates , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups large flake oats
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Becel® salted margarine sticks
  • 2 Tbsp. water

Nutrition facts

Total Fat5.00 g
Saturated Fat1.500 g
Trans Fat0.000 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.000 g
Monounsaturated Fat2.500 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium75 mg
Total Carbs31.00 g
Dietary Fiber3.0 g
Sugars19.00 g
Protein2.00 g
Vitamin D0.000 mcg
Calcium20 mg
Iron1.00 mg
Potassium181.000 mg
Omega-30.30 g
Omega-61.00 g


  1. Bring dates and 1-1/2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and only few pieces of dates remain, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Let stand to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Lightly spray 23 cm square baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, oats, sugar and baking soda in medium bowl. Cut in Becel® sticks and 2 tablespoons water with pastry blender or finger tips until mixture is size of small peas. Press 1/2 of the mixture onto bottom of dish. Top evenly with cooled date mixture. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over date mixture; press gently.
  4. Bake until crumb is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting.
An old fashioned square that’s perfect for a lunch box or picnic.