Date Squares

date bars


This is a delicious old fashioned dessert, but also a favourite for afternoon tea.


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water

Additional options:

  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup blueberries


Blend together:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar to taste (up to 2/3 cup)
  • 2 cups rolled oats or other grains (options ½ cup seeds or nuts)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¼ cup apple juice



Place half of the oat mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan, press down well to create the bottom crust. Spread date mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining oat mixture on top and press down lightly to secure. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes.