Oh, how my Dad loved Date Squares. I remember trying these for the first time when I was 5 or 6 years old. Not sure what I loved more, the crunchy sweet topping or the sweet filling. In any case, here is my Dad's Date Squares recipe.
It was probably a good thing my parents didn't tell me what the filling was made of. Not sure I would've enjoyed them as much as I did. In any case, here’s my old family recipe for you to enjoy.
If you are curious about where this recipe comes from, I was able to find this interesting article on the Origins of Date Squares. I didn't realize it was a Canadian dessert. Cool! Besides my Cinnamon Sugar Beaver Tails, I need to find other unique Canadian Desserts.
💭 What are Dates
A date is a sweet fruit used in a variety of recipes. They also provide a wide variety of essential nutrients. Besides being a very good source of Potassium, dates also provide protein and fiber.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Date Squares recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Oatmeal, All Purpose Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Light Brown Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Dates, Water and Vanilla Extract.
🥣 How to make Date Squares
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Mix all of the oatmeal mixture ingredients together and add half of the mixture to a greased 9 x 13 pan. Press the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
In a saucepan, mix dates, water, and vanilla extract and cook over medium heat until the dates are mushy and most of the water has been absorbed. Stir occasionally to ensure the dates don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Add date filing and cover the entire oatmeal mixture. Use the rest of the oatmeal mixture to cover the entire date mixture, gently patting it down so you have some crumbles left.
Bake for 45 minutes. The top should be slightly brown. Let the dish completely cool down before cutting and serving.
Dad's Date Squares
- 2 ½ Cups Oatmeal
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 lbs Dates, chopped
- 3 Cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Mix all of the oatmeal mixture ingredients together and add half of the mixture to a greased 9 x 13 pan. Press the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
- In a sauce pan, mix dates, water and vanilla and cook over medium heat until the dates are mushy and most of the water has been absorbed. Stir occasionally to ensure the dates don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Add date filing and cover the entire oatmeal mixture. Use the rest of the oatmeal mixture to cover the entire date mixture, gently patting it down so you have some crumbles left.
- Bake for 45 minutes. Top should be slightly brown. Let dish completely cool down before cutting and serving.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
I made these for a get together at work and they were so simple and delicious to make. Everyone loved them. I must have given out the recipe a dozen times. Not too sweet but very delicious. I also put a dozen in the freezer for when company comes. Two thumbs up.