Date squares were one of my favourite snacks when I was a kid. My mom would make them regularly and the whole house would be filled with a sweet, buttery aroma. She was strict about junk food and never bought any sugary cereals, cookies or candies. As an adult I’m really thankful that I was raised in a healthy household. My eating habits are generally well balanced, and I tend to favour savoury and salty, treating desserts as an indulgence. I have my mom to thank for that. And I also have her to thank for my love of date squares! I tried to recreate my childhood dessert with these Healthy Gluten Free Date Squares. Why are they gluten free you may wonder? Well because April is detox time!
For me, detox is a time to restart the system and shed bad habits, but is also an opportunity to experiment with my favourite recipes and turn them into cleanse friendly foods. These date squares use gluten free flour and oats, and are sweetened with honey and a few drops of liquid Stevia. I replaced the butter with coconut oil, that still results in a light, buttery crumble. Additionally, I also included some coconut flour to bring out a bit of sweet coconut flavour. Because, more coconut is always a good thing!
These Healthy Gluten Free Date Squares are an awesome detox snack because they’re completely cleanse friendly without sacrificing any of the date square tastiness. Creamy dates are sandwiched between soft, sweet and flaky crumble with hints of coconut and citrus. Packed full of iron, fiber and magnesium, dates are also said to help with intestinal issues, reduce allergies and can also help to maintain weight, a healthy heart, and aid in sexual stamina. High in natural sugars and protein, these date squares are a great energy boost pre-work out or a yummy recovery snack post work out.
So basically, you can’t go wrong with these babies. Gimme gimme all of them date squares!
Healthy Gluten Free Date Squares
A healthy, post work out snack, these gluten free dates squares are easy to make and are full of delicious nutrients.
- 2 cups Parnoosh dates chopped
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1.5 cups gluten free flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup coconut oil, plus more for greasing melted
- 3/4 cup organic honey
- 2 drops liquid Stevia
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9" square baking dish.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, boil water. Add dates and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until water is absorbed and dates are smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Set aside.
Combine the flours, oats and salt. Add coconut oil, then honey (using the same cup, so that the syrup will slide right out) and liquid Stevia. Mix until crumbly but still moist.
Divide crumb mixture into two portions and press one half firmly into the pan to make the base. Using a spatula, carefully spread the date mixture evenly over top. Add the remaining crumb mixture on top by taking small bits and placing them carefully over the dates. Do not spread. Lightly press down the top layer evenly with your hands.
Bake on the center oven rack for 25 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into 25 squares. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to one week or freeze up to two months. Best served at room temperature.