Decadent (Vegan!) Date Squares

"These squares are such a treat! Wheat free and vegan! Also low in fat and sugar, but they taste just like the old fashioned squares my grandma makes. Yum!"
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Ready In:
8-16 squares




  • For the date filling, combine dates, water, and vanilla in a small saucepan and simmer until liquid is absorbed (approx. 15 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly.
  • For the crust, in a large bowl, stir together rice flour, tapioca flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • Add in canola oil and apple sauce and stir until well mixed.
  • Pat oat mixture evenly into a lightly oiled 8x8 baking pan.
  • Spoon date mixture evenly over the oat mixture.
  • For the topping, in a small bowl, combine oats, rice flour, sugar and apple sauce and stir until it is a crumbly consistency.
  • Sprinkle topping mixture over the date layer evenly.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 – 25 minutes.

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I have been a vegan for 11 years, although, my one vice, I hate to admit, is a little spoon of honey in a nice cup of tea occasionally. My boyfriend and I live together Cambridge, Ontario. He's new to the area, but I have lived here my whole life. He isn't officially vegan, but since he loves my cooking, he has vegan days a few times a week. I love to bake all sorts of different treats and I tend to make up recipes as I go...I usually forget to write down the ingredients so we never have the same thing twice - but I find some recipes are more interesting that way. My favourite cook book right now is called "Foods that Don't Bite Back" which was a birthday presesnt from a good friend. It has a lot of simple but amazing recipes that are quick to prepare. I am a very active person and I love getting lots of exercise. I take yoga classes and I love to run. My boyfriend and I are constantly out doing some sort of physical activity whether it's biking or hiking or playing a round of golf together.
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