Vegan Gluten-Free Date Squares

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Vegan Gluten-Free Date Squares

Many of you already know that I’m currently studying naturopathic nutrition. It’s crazy the amount of things I’m learning and I’m gaining so much valuable information about food, nutrition and the power it has to change your life! It shows in the way my diet has changed since I started the course in 2014 and how it keeps changing the more I learn!

If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you’ll probably notice my recipes changing. I used to make a lot of high protein treats using whey protein and dairy products like yoghurt. Now, I’ve cut out all dairy and gluten from my diet and I’m focusing on incorporating the goodness of whole plant foods and turning them into tasty nutritious treats.

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I’m also trying to use dates as much as possible in recipes to sweeten. Using the whole fruit with its naturally high fibre content means it won’t have the same effect on insulin and blood glucose levels. It also means you’ll benefit from the nutrients this delicious fruit has to offer! 

At the same time as trying to use natural sweeteners, I’m consciously trying to lower the amount of saturated fat I add to my treats. Even though coconut oil is being hailed as a magic potion that can prevent things like Alzheimer’s, there’s actually little evidence to support its nutritional benefits and can still cause inflammation and contribute to heart disease. But when it comes to cooking, I still think it fares better when compared to other types of oil. 

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This is yet another recipe influenced by my Middle Eastern upbringing. Dates are a staple in Middle Eastern kitchens and is heavily used in desserts and for very good reasons, mainly becomes they taste so damn good! I’ve added in some cinnamon and cardamom because I think those 2 flavours complement dates so well and make them taste even more irresistible!

The main ingredients in these vegan gluten-free date squares is oats, dates, coconut oil and almond butter. You have the option of adding some sweetener like xylitol into the crumble part of the recipe although I feel the date centre is sweet enough, but the option is there if you have a super sweet tooth. 

Vegan Gluten-free Date Squares
Serves 16
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For the date filling
  1. 1.5 cups (220g) dates
  2. 1 cup (200ml) water
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  4. Pinch of salt (optional)
For the crumble
  1. 1 cup (110g) oat flour (use gluten-free oats if you have a gluten allergy)
  2. 1 cup (90g) oats (use gluten-free oats if you have a gluten allergy)
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp cardamom
  7. 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) coconut oil
  8. 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) almond butter
  9. 2 tbsp granulated sweetener like Xylitol (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180*C (160*C fan assisted)/ 350*F
  2. First make the date filling - add the dates to a pan and start off by adding 1/2 a cup (100ml) of water. Cook on high until the water starts to boil then turn the heat to low. Start mashing the the dates using the back of a wooden spoon. Add more water as needed until you have a smooth, thick, but spreadable date paste. Leave to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and sweetener if using any.
  4. Place the oat mixture in a food processor along with the coconut oil and almond butter.
  5. Pulse until everything is well combined and you have a crumble like mixture.
  6. Transfer 2/3 of the oat mixture into an 8" cake tin lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture down firmly into an even layer.
  7. Spread the date mixture on top, then crumble the remaining 1/3 of the oat mixture on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool completely, then slice.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Nutritional information (estimated per serving)
  2. Calories: 140 kcal
  3. Protein: 2.8g
  4. Carbs: 19.7g
  5. Fat: 6.5g
  6. Fibre: 2.9g
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قطع الشوفان و التمر – لذيذ جدا و صحي بنسبة عالية من الأياف و خالي من السكر المضاف

١ كوب ونصف تمر
١ كوب ماء
١/٢ ملعقة صغيرة فانيليا
رشة ملح
١ كوب دقيق الشوفان – شوفان كامل مطحون في الخلاط
١ كوب شوفان كامل (استخدم شوفان خالي من الغلوتين اذا عندك حساسية)
١ ملعقة صغيرة بيكنك بودر
١/٤ ملعقة صغيرة ملح
١ ملعقة صغيرة قرفة
١/٤ ملعقة صغيرة هيل
١/٤ كوب زيت جوز الهند مذابة
١/٤ كوب زبدة اللوز 
اختياري -٢ ملعقة كبيرة ستيفيا أو سكر

تعليمات

سخن الفرن ١٨٠ درجة مئوية
ضف التمر لمقلاة مع ١/٢ كوب ماء و اطهي على نار عالية حتى يغلي الماء ثم اخفض الحرارة و اهرس التمر باستخدام ملعقة. إضف المزيد من الماء حسب الحاجة حتى يكون لديك خليط تمر سميك. اترك ليبرد تماما 
ضف دقيق الشوفان ،الشوفان الكامل، البيكنك بودر، الملح، القرفة، الهيل والستيفيا في خلاط وأخلط حتى يتناسق 
انشر ٢/٣ من خليط الشوفان في قالب كيك ٢٠ سم 
ثم انشر خليط التمر فوقة ثم الثلث الباقي من خليط الشوفان
اخبز لمدة ٢٠-٢٥ دقيقة.
اترك ليبرد تماما قبل التقطيع
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If you liked this vegan gluten-free date squares recipe you may also like these Date Cookies

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Oat, Date and Sultana Energy Balls – by Planet Veggie

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  1. Yes yes yes! Give me all the sweet date crumble-topped magic!! You have combined two of my favorite things in the whole sweets world: dates and crumbles/streusels <3 And I love that you are moving towards more date sweetened things, that just means I will get to drool and obsess over your recipes even more!

    1. Haha 😀 your comments always make me smile! 🙂 I’m sorry, but I’m afraid you have a lot of drooling to look forward to as I’ve just bought a 3 kg bag of dates 😛

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  2. Thank you. I plan to make these soon as I remember my late Aunt making date bars, she called romance or matrimony bars as they were called in the 1950’s. She used brawn sugar from a health food store. With dates though as naturally sweet, I won’t add any sweetener.

  3. So yummy!! Texture was really nice, I added extra oats since the crumble was very moist. Was happy to find a vegan recipe that was just as good as I remember the standard recipe being.
    They were addictive though :O

  4. My every time go to recipe! So so SO GOOD!!! I make it time and time again 🙂 as I write this I’m making it with a homemade blueberry chia jam in the middle instead of date paste, I’ll let you know how it turns out 😁

  5. Always my go to recipe! So so so GOOD!!! Today I made it with a homemade blueberry chia jam instead of date paste…. I was a bit apprehensive BUT it was a hit with my family! Thank you so much 😄

  6. Made these this morning. OMG!
    So good. For the filling, I used figs with orange zest and the crumble, I used avocado oil instead of coconut. I will definitely make again. Wonderful recipe.

  7. Dates are lovely but mainly sugar, I hate coconut and coconut oil so better to use tahini as the fat substitue. Sorry but xylitol has a horrible artifical taste but the bars look nice and oats are healthy

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      You can use something like berries if you don’t like dates. You can also try using tahini, but I haven’t tried this recipe without any oil so I don’t know whether the texture will be the same with tahini. You can replace the xylitol with your preferred sweetener 🙂

  8. These are delish! 😋
    I love the hint of cardamom. I also added the juice and rind of an orange to the date filling. I may try not adding the oats to the food processor next time and only mix them in with my hands after the rest is mixed in the food processor to keep the oats whole, like in a cobbler recipe. I can’t wait to try more of Nadia’s creations! There are so many tempting recipes on the website!

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