Vegan Date Squares
Date Squares have been long underestimated. Dates and oats paired together properly make the perfect, chewy sweet treat. I mean, could we say they're healthy because they're dates and oats? Probably not but I'm going with it anyways! Let's just say if you're craving something sweet and you normally go for a chocolate bar, this is definitely a better option! These were always very popular on the GYR Catering dessert platters and in the display case at the GYR Vegan restaurant!
Makes 1 7x11 pan or 1 9x9 square pan (8-10 squares)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook time 20-25 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (can use GF All purpose)
- 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats *NOT instant
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 3/4 tsp of baking soda
- 1 cup of packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cups of vegan butter
- 2 cups of dates, chopped
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, line a 7x11 rectangular baking pan or a 9x9 square one with parchment paper
- Place the dates, vanilla and water in a small pot on medium heat and cook until 99% of the water has absorbed, stirring occasionally. You want the water to cook out, but the dates still be moist and essentially mushy. Set aside
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a large bowl (and use a hand mixer). Add the vegan butter in chunks.
- Beat on medium speed until everything comes together almost like cookie dough.
- Transfer half of the dough mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly to create the base
- Spread the date filling onto the base
- Crumble on the remaining dough on top of the date base. I like to squeeze some in my hands so it creates big chunks to put on top!
- Bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes, or until lightly golden on top and oat crumbs feel firmer.
- Let cool almost completely before slicing into
- Keep in the fridge for 1 week