As a child my grandmother's date squares were my favorite. She over cooked the main course and didn't use spices of any sort. But the woman could bake. Her recipe is long lost and I have searched for a recipe that is close. I think this one is. My American son in law, devoured these. Found this recipe in the Toront Sun. Make sure to use rolled oats, not instant. Prep time is a guess but includes sitting time before heating.