Vegan Date Squares

Happy 2016!

I’ve had a bit of a break over the past four months while I settle into my new (temporary) home across the pond! I’ve moved to England for the year to do some travelling, working. and studying. As a result, I’ve been back living the student life, saving money for travelling and having a bit less time for creating and writing recipes. However, it’s been far too long and I’m missing all of that foodie fun. 

Back in the summer, there was an amazing vegetarian restaurant near my work that made far too many tasty sweets. It was a test of my resolve not to buy a dessert everyday on my lunch break. Some days, I’d be lucky enough to catch the date squares just as they’d come out of the oven. 

So now, four months after my last date square, I got to thinking one day that it couldn’t be so hard to create a healthier version of those super tasty treats. It was really easy, and didn’t even require a food processor. Even better then that, my date-disliking taste tester deemed them “really good” without even the slightest prompt from me, so you know it’s got to be a keeper. Enjoy!DSC_0026

Vegan Date Squares
Yields 16
Chewy and sweet, these date squares are a quick sweet tooth fix or a little energy bite.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1.5 cups gluten free flour (I used a brown flour based mix)
  2. 2 cups rolled oats
  3. 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  4. 3 tbsp xylitol
  5. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  8. 30 medjool dates
  9. 1 cup water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees celcius.
  2. De-pit the dates and split them in half.
  3. Add the dates, water, and lemon juice to a sauce pan and boil for 5-10 minutes until the dates are soft.
  4. Mush the dates up with a spoon until there are just a few chunks left.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the oats, flour, chia seeds, xylitol, baking soda, and melted coconut oil.
  6. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, then spread 3/4 of the flour mixture in the bottom, flattening with a spatula.
  7. Add the dates as a second layer above the flour crust, then sprinkle the rest of the flour mixture on top.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Cool before slicing.
  1. For a thicker date layer, use extra dates.
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