Vegan Date Squares

They have to be one of my favourite squares, anyone else?⁣

These are gluten free (use gf oats), refined flour, refined sugar, dairy and egg free and absolutely delicious! ⁣ ⁣ 🔹For the date filling 1.5 cups of dates⁣ 2/3 cup of water⁣ 1 tsp vanilla extract⁣ 1 tbsp of maple syrup ⁣ ⁣ 🔹For the crumble⁣ 1 cup oat flour⁣ 2 cups of oats⁣ 1 tsp baking powder⁣ 1 tbsp cinnamon⁣ 1 tsp cardamom⁣ 2 tbsp of coconut oil⁣ 1/4 cup of almond butter⁣ 3 tbsp of maple syrup⁣ ⁣ Method:⁣ Boil water in a pot, once boiled add in the dates (make sure the pits are removed). Allow to boil for a few minutes.⁣ ⁣ Add in the rest of the date paste ingredients. Remove from heat once the dates are loose and use a fork or a potato masher to make a date paste.⁣ ⁣ For the filling, in a food processor combine everything except for 1 cup of oats. The crumble should slightly stick together when you pinch it. If it's not add a little more coconut oil.⁣ ⁣ Stir in the remaining oats (gives it some texture). Cover an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and place 3/4 of your crumble in the dish. Push down the mixture creating a crust. Make sure it's compact.⁣ ⁣ Cover the crust with the date mixture, ensuring it's pushed down and then top the dates with the remaining crumble. Using your fingers to gently push it down.⁣ ⁣ Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Until slightly brown.⁣ Allow to cool and enjoy.⁣ ⁣ Preserves well on the counter for 2 weeks.

😊 Ps. Just blend up oats and you have oat flour.

Emily Manuel, B.A, RHN, CYT
 

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