Ever since I was young, I’ve loved to bake delicious Christmas treats. I don’t bake much anymore, but one recipe I always go back to when I’m looking for something sweet is my Grandma’s date squares. They’re definitely a must-try this Christmas!
To start, soak 3 cups of dates in hot water so they can blend into a paste more easily. While they soak, preheat the oven to 375oF. Then, mix together all the remaining ingredients. The mixture should be crumbly, but will hold together if pressed. Grease a 9×13 pan and pour 2/3 of the crumbly mix into the dish. Firmly press the dough into the pan; this is critical since your squares won’t stick together if the dough is not pressed well enough.
Next, drain any water out of the dates and place them into a food processor. Blend until smooth. This may take a couple minutes and you will need to keep scraping the edges. Spread your date paste evenly across the pressed dough, then pour the remaining 1/3 of the crumble on top. You should press this down as well, but not as firmly as before, since you don’t want to press into the layer of dates.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let the square cool completely before cutting into them. Enjoy!
- 3 C dried dates
- 2 C rolled oats
- 1 ½ C brown sugar (can use ¾ C brown sugar and ¾ C coconut sugar)
- 1 ½ C all-purpose flour (can sub for whole wheat flour)
- ¾ C vegan margarine
- Preheat the oven to 375oF.
- Soak the dates until they are soft. Drain the water. Purée in a food processor until smooth.
- Mix the remaining ingredients together until you have a crumbly mixture.
- Grease a 9x13 pan and pour in ⅔ of the crumble mixture. Press the crumble down firmly.
- Carefully spread the date mixture over the pressed crumble.
- Pour the remaining ⅓ of the crumble on top of the dates and gently press down.