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Irresistible Date Pecan Squares

Oat, date and pecan squares
The very best healthy date squares… that are way too good not to contain added sugar
  • Preparation 20 minutes
  • Cooking 40 minutes
  • Power 350°F (180°C)
  • Quantity 8-inch square baking pan
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Filling

  • 500 g (3 cups) Madame Labriski dates

  • 300 g (1½ cups) water

Crumble mixture

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 80 g (1/3 cup) olive oil (or canola, Camelina or sunflower oil)

  • 180 g (2 cups) quick-cooking oats

  • 90 g (3/4 cup) oat, whole wheat or spelt flour

  • 100 g (1 cup) chopped pecans

  • 15 g (2 tbsp.) ground flaxseed

  • Pinch of salt

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

Filling

  • 500 g (3 cups) Madame Labriski dates

  • 300 g (1½ cups) water

Crumble mixture

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 80 g (1/3 cup) olive oil (or canola, Camelina or sunflower oil)

  • 180 g (2 cups) quick-cooking oats

  • 90 g (3/4 cup) oat, whole wheat or spelt flour

  • 100 g (1 cup) chopped pecans

  • 15 g (2 tbsp.) ground flaxseed

  • Pinch of salt

12 steps

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

  • Wash your hands properly.

  • Prepare the date filling: in a saucepan, combine the dates and water.

  • Cook for 7 minutes over medium heat, then mix and break the dates apart using a fork until you have a nice, creamy texture. Let stand.

  • Prepare the crumb mixture: put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

  • Spread half of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan and press down with a fork.

  • Spread the date filling over the crumb base.

  • Now cover with the remaining crumb mixture.

  • Decorate with a few pecan chunks, if desired.

  • Bake for 40 minutes at 180°C (350°F) or until the top is golden brown.

  • Oh là là, it’s going to smell delicious. Yumski!

  • They can be served warm… but are even better the next day or the day after.

History

What? There still wasn’t a recipe for date squares on this website where everything is sweetened with date puree? Nope. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Yes, you read that right.

So here it is, my very first official date square recipe in the world of Madame Labriski. According to my fact-finding mission, this date square recipe is the healthiest out there. Why use refined sugar or brown sugar to make date squares? Can someone explain? I can assure you, it’s not necessary at all. Actually, I’d even go so far as to say that I think it’s totally absurd.

Here, the date is king.

King of the simple, uncomplicated filling and king because it’s also used to sweeten the crumb mixture in a much healthier way. What’s more, it adds fibre. For an even more distinctive taste, I suggest you make the crumb mixture with caramel date puree. Of course, that’s entirely up to you, it’s just my little foodie tip.

The idea of adding pecans to the recipe was to give them that I-just-can’t-get-enough-of-these taste. Who doesn’t like pecans? Just imagine… date AND pecan squares. The caramel taste of dates combined with the taste of pecans. I guarantee that this recipe caused a sensation in my house. That’s why I’ve called them Irresistible Date Pecan Squares … hahaha! Let me know what you think.

Storage

  • These squares freeze well.

Treat yourself with our halved dates perfect for cooking

Treat yourself with our halved dates perfect for cooking

Pitted date halves

The dates that I use to make my own puree! These halved dates are ideal for cooking and sweetening your recipes with date puree.

Proudly:

  • With no added sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Source of fibre and magnesium

Packaging made and printed in Canada

100% recyclable

FAQ

How do you make date puree?

Buy date halves that are perfect for cooking and make your own date puree. Get the recipe here.

Madame Labriski, which dates do you use to make your puree?

I’ve been asked that question so many times that I decided to offer the actual dates used to make my date puree sold in grocery stores. How cool is that? Plus, these ones are date halves… to make life easier for you!

What can I use as a substitute for oatmeal?

Any kind of cereal flakes: quinoa, buckwheat, spelt, etc. If you are gluten intolerant, you can buy oatmeal that is certified gluten-free.