As some of you know, my mom moved in with us a few months ago. She is french Canadian and one of her favorite treats are date squares. Well, I couldn’t have her first Christmas in her new home to be without. Here are some good old Canadian date squares with a healthier twist!
Hope you enjoy them as much as my mom!!
Healthy Date Squares (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free)
4 c. dates pitted and chopped
1 3/4 c. water
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. palm sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)
Base and topping:
1 c. gluten free oats
3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
3/4 c. palm sugar
1 c. coconut oil (soften if hard)
Add chopped dates, water, lemon juice and palm sugar to sauce pan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Stir in baking soda and lower heat to simmer for five minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool.
In a medium size bowl, stir together flour mix, oats, xanthan gum and palm sugar. Mix in coconut oil thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9″ by 13″ baking pan with parchment paper. Press half the base mixture onto the bottom of the pan. Spread cooled filling over evenly, Spread remaining base mixture over top pressing down slightly. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool completely. Cut into squares. Can be stored in a covered container on the counter for up to three days. Freezes beautifully.