Gluten free dates squares

My kids absolutely love date sqares and I decided to try to make them gluten free this time and I also substituted part of the oat flakes by quinoa flakes. The result was surprisingly good!

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Cooling time: 2 hrs

  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) of organic Mejdool dates
  • 1 cup (250ml) of water
  • 1 tbsp. (15ml) of organic whole brown sugarIMG_0222
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/4 (312ml) of organic oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) of quinoa flakes
  • 3/4 cup (187.5ml) of organic brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup (62.5ml) of organic tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) of finely chopped organic walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.25ml) of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (187.5ml) of vegan butter
  1. Preheat your oven to 350º.
  2. In a small pot, put the pitted and chopped dates and cook for about 5 minutes or until it turn into puree, then let them cool.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oatmeal, the quinoa flakes, the rice flour, the tapioca starch, the walnuts and the baking powder.
  4. Add the butter to the oat mix. If you have a little mixer, it can be a bit easier.
  5. Take an 8″x8″ oven square dish and line it with parchment paper, it is very sticky and can be hard to remove.
  6. Put half of the oatmeal mix at the bottom and press firmly to make it even.
  7. Then add the date mix and spread evenly.
  8. Finish with the balance of the oatmeal mix.
  9. Put it in the oven for 55 minutes.
  10. When you take it out of the oven, let it cool for at least 2 hrs before you remove it from it’s dish or else nothing will hold together.

What do our readers say about this?

“To be honest, I am shocked that this was so easy to make. It is very tasty, but not sweet at all which is what I wanted. My only modification to the recipe was to cut the nuts down by half because of allergies in my family, and it still tasted great.”

“I made these last night for dessert. They are absolutely scrumptious! I will be making them again.”

“I am sending one of my neighbor’s some today to try. I made a few changes, but I think most people would enjoy this.”

“I made these a couple of months ago and they were a hit… just used butter instead of butter substitute. I also added some chopped candied ginger.

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