Date Squares

  • Cooking time35
  • Prep time15
  • Servings0
recipe image Carrés aux Dattes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.