Thursday, December 08, 2011

Recipe Repeat: Raw Coconut Date Squares

I couldn't be happier to see the sun today. It instantly put a smile on my face. :)  Do you know what might put a smile on your face?  These date squares!

They are raw, vegan, gluten-free, super easy to make and worth definitely repeating.  Perfectly portable and absolutely yummy, these would make a great addition to any party table.

Dates not only satisfy your sweet tooth, they offer some health benefits too!
  • High in soluble fibre
  • High in B vitamins
  • Easy to digest

The recipe yields a very small batch but could easily be doubled.  Give them a whirl and let me know what you think!

Raw Coconut Date Squares (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Makes 16 Squares)


20 pitted dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup almonds, ground
2 tbsp vegan margarine (you could also use butter, but they would not be vegan)
2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
pinch of salt
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp maple syrup

For the filling
Soak dates and vanilla in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain excess water and mash with a fork.

To make the crust
Combine oat flour and almond flour.  Add margarine and maple syrup.  Stir mixture until it comes together to form a ball.

Press into an 8x8 pan (it will take up about 3/4 of the pan) or form into a flat square on a piece of waxed paper.

For the topping
Mix oats, coconut, salt, margarine and maple syrup to form a crumbly mixture.

To assemble
Spread date mixture evenly on to crust.  Sprinkle on topping and refrigerate for an hour.  Cut into squares. and enjoy!

What is your favourite raw dessert?

Stay Healthy,

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