Mimi's Date Squares (Gluten Free)

READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 16 squares




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the dates, hot water, sugar and salt.
  • Cook on medium heat until dates are soft, and water is absorbed. Add vanilla and let cool.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the rice flour, starch, xanthan gum, and baking soda.
  • Stir in oats and brown sugar into the flour mixture, and mix well.
  • Work butter into flour mixture until crumbly. I treat it like I'm making pie crust. You can use a pastry cutter, two butter knifes, or your fingers. Whichever method you prefer. I like to make a snapping motion on the butter cubes in the flour with my fingers.
  • Spread half of the oat crumble evenly into a greased square (such as an 8x8 or a 9x9) pan, and press down.
  • Spread the date mixture evenly on top (the mixture can still be warm, but it musn't be scorching hot).
  • Take the rest of the oat mixture and crumble it evenly on top of the date mixture. Do not press down.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.