So I am super super excited to share this recipe with you because it is a classic from where I come from! Living on the east coast of Canada comes with so many classic dishes and some might seem a little strange to others. Most traditional eastern Canadian dishes definitely aren’t the healthiest; I mean Canada is home to the poutine. I do still love to indulge in some of my favourite treats and foods that I had growing up, but I try to make them a bit healthier. My number one goal for readers out there trying to eat healthier is to celebrate the body that you have been given, and don’t be afraid to indulge every once in a while; it’s good for your head space. Now onto the food (that’s what everyone came here for right?) these date square are super gooey and sweet- perfect with a cup of tea and a movie. The chewy dates and oats are sure to leave your sweet tooth feeling satisfied, and they are super easy to make! I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful week.
Makes: 9 Squares
Prep Time: 25 Minutes || Bake Time: 45 Minutes || Total Time: 60 Minutes
What You Will Need:
- 3 cups chopped dates
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cold water
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a medium sized sauce pan add the chopped dates, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, and hot water.
- Bring the date mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer for 10-15 minutes until you have a thick mixture, and make sure your stir it frequently.
- While the date paste is on the stove begin making the crumble.
- Combine the oats, flour, baking powder, and coconut sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Add in the coconut oil and work the coconut oil through the dry mixture by using your hands- this can take a few minutes.
- Pour in the cold water and work it through the mixture using your hands. If it is really dry try adding a few extra tablespoons worth of cold water. However, you do not want the crumble to be wet- just to stick together a bit.
- In a medium sized baking dish lined with parchment paper use half the crumble mixture as the first layer and press it into the dish evenly.
- Spread the date paste over the crumble layer and make sure it is even by using the back of a spoon.
- Top the date paste layer with the crumble mixture and bake for 45 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Cut into 9 large squares, or 18 small (this is totally up to yourself!) Enjoy!