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8-Ingredient Quick And Healthy Date Squares

8-Ingredient Quick And Healthy Date Squares

I was in a "mood". 

Generally, I'm a pretty optimistic person. I usually stand by the fact that we should strive to keep a positive outlook on life, even when things get a little tough. I also do my best to surround myself with people who radiate positive energy so that I can maintain this outlook. 

But I'm also human. Last Sunday, despite having a relatively uneventful and peaceful morning, I had a terrible afternoon. My stomach was hurting, and I'm not one who deals with physical discomfort well. All I usually think about is how uncomfortable I am, and that puts me in an even worse mood!

I went out with my dad for a bit but the fresh air did not cheer me up. When I got home, I knew I needed to channel my negative energy into something. I needed to create. So, I walked into my kitchen and decided: I NEED TO BAKE. 

Date squares have always been a favourite of mine. It's rare for me to have one because a) they are somewhat of a "fear food", and b) I don't have dates on hand that often. But I just so happened to have picked some up the other day, so I knew that date squares were "meant to be" that afternoon.

Did you know? Date squares are actually a Canadian dessert!

Basically, date squares involve cooked dates and a crumbly oat base and topping. 

Dates are also incredibly good for you. While they are versatile in cooking (how often can you use an ingredient for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert?!), dates are also used for the following reasons:

  • To regulate intestinal function (and relieve the effects of constipation).
  • To promote strength through healthy bone development.
  • To help alleviate symptoms of anemia (dates are rich in iron).
  • To boost energy. 
  • To improve heart health (dates can lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels). 

As you can see, dates have a wide variety of health benefits. But truthfully, my reasons for creating a date square recipe were purely sentimental - I love the taste and they remind me of my childhood!

So, here is my recipe. A simple, nutritious, 8-ingredient recipe you can feel GOOD about. Next time you're in a bit of a "funk", try getting creative. Whether it's cooking, baking, painting, or dancing - letting those creative juices flow can really work wonders. 


8-Ingredient Quick And Healthy Date Squares

Makes 12-16 squares

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (solid)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2-3 cups of pitted dates

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 8X8 pan with parchment paper, or grease the bottom and sides. 
  • Put dates in a bowl of hot water and let soak for about 5 minutes. 
  • Cream together coconut sugar and coconut oil.
  • Add in applesauce, vanilla, and egg. Beat until incorporated. Set aside.
  • Mix together the oats and flour in a large bowl. 
  • Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • Press about 2/3 of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Drain the water from the dates and place them in a food processor. Pulse until a paste forms. 
  • Spread date paste evenly over the pressed crumble mixture.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the crumble mixture on top of the date paste. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crumble on top is golden brown.
  • ENJOY! 
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