Date Squares

Date Squares

Prep Time15 mins Cook Time35 mins Makes 20 Yield_measuresquares

Forget cakes and cookies. Surprise your guests with this simple and delicious date square recipe, made with whole wheat flour and oats.

Ingredients List

  1. 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) pitted dates, chopped
  2. 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) water
  3. 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla extract
  5. 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) whole wheat flour
  6. 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) large flake oats
  7. 2/3 cup (150 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) baking soda
  9. 1/2 cup (1 stick) (125 mL) Becel® salted margarine sticks or unsalted margarine sticks
  10. 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) water


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.

Nutritional Information


180 (1 square)

Total Fat

5g (1 square)

Saturated Fat

1.5g (1 square)

Polyunsaturated Fat

1g (1 square)

Monounsaturated Fat

2.5g (1 square)


75mg (1 square)

Total Carbs

31g (1 square)

Dietary Fiber

3g (1 square)


19g (1 square)


2g (1 square)


20mg (1 square)


1mg (1 square)


181mg (1 square)


0.3g (1 square)


1g (1 square)

Date Squares is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent healthy remake of a family favourite! My family loves date squares but most recipes use butter and the ones using marg taste pretty awful. This remake tastes great and helps you enjoy a treat while using healthier ingredients!
Date published: 2018-08-10
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