This vegan date squares recipe tastes exactly like how my Grandma makes (non-vegan) date squares! They are extremely tasty and a great treat to have around. In my family, date squares were always made around the winter holidays but they’re really great to enjoy any time of the year!
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This recipe is amazing for a few reasons:
1) dates are a delicious and natural way to sweeten desserts; 2) these vegan date squares freeze really well so you can store them for a while or enjoy them cold in the warmer months; 3) if you grew up eating date squares this is a nice way to eat a nostalgic food as a vegan.
Are These Vegan Date Squares Healthy?
Many of the recipes I post are focused on whole plant-based ingredients. However, my goal for this recipe was to recreate a classic, but make it vegan. Therefore I didn’t try to modify the recipe to improve the ingredients. Essentially I took my Grandma’s recipe and made it vegan, with all the fat and sugar the original recipe called for.
There is nothing wrong with that.
Food is meant to be enjoyed and one way food can bring up joy is by reminding us of happy memories from childhood. While there are lots of ways this recipe could be made “healthier” sometimes the taste and experience of a food is the reason we’re eating it, not simply for the nutrition it provides.
That said, this vegan date square recipe isn’t completely devoid of nutrition. Dates will provide a lot of potassium and fibre along with some magnesium and polyphenols (a type of antioxidant). Also, the oatmeal in the recipe will add additional fibre, B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc and smaller amounts of calcium.
Whole Wheat vs. While Flour in Date Squares
There is the option of using whole wheat flour for this vegan date square recipe. I don’t personally notice a difference in taste between using whole wheat or all-purpose (white) flour in this recipe. This could be because I’m use to the taste and texture of whole wheat flour and enjoy it.
In Canada, white/ all-purpose flour is required to be fortified with most of the nutrients that are lost during processing. The major exception to this is fibre, which is lacking from while/ all-purpose flours. It’s up to you what type of flour you choose to use.
Let me know how your date squares turn out in the comments below!
Vegan Date Squares
- 9x13 Baking dish
- Food processor
- Large bowl
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
- 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 2/3 of the crumble mixture. Press the crumble down firmly.
- Carefully spread the date mixture over the pressed crumble.
- Pour the remaining 1/3 of the crumble on top of the dates and gently press down.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes then let cool completely before serving.