Date Squares

Ready in
50 min
These squares, made with dates, whole wheat flour and oats are a great lunch box treat or evening snack.

Serving Size


Estimated Cost*


Per Serving

Prep Time

15 min

Cooking Time

35 min

Price/Availability Effective Date: February 10, 2014


2.5 cups Pitted Dates chopped
1.5 cups Water
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1.25 cups Flour whole wheat
1.25 cups Large Flake Oats
0.3 cup Light Brown Sugar
0.5 tsp Baking Soda
0.5 cup Becel® Original margarine
2 tbsp Water


  1. Bring dates and 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) water to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and only few pieces of dates remain, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Let stand to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Lightly spray 9 inch (23 cm) square baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, oats, sugar and baking soda in medium bowl. Cut in Becel® Original margarine and 2 tablespoons (30 mL)water with pastry blender or finger tips until mixture is size of small peas. Press 1/2 of the mixture onto bottom of dish. Top evenly with cooled date mixture. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over date mixture; press gently.
  4. Bake until crumb is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting.
  5. An old-fashioned square that's perfect for a lunch box or picnic.

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