Oaty Date Squares

September 10, 2018


These are a version of an Oaty Date slice that I used to love from the famous N.Z cook book - Edmonds.

I love reworking old favourites to be more nutrient dense and healthy.

They firm up well in the fridge, and are good to pop into lunch boxes or as a delicious afternoon tea.

If you need them to be totally gluten free, you can substitute the rolled oats for quinoa flakes or simply add more coconut and almond flour.






  • 150 g butter / ghee / coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup / maple syrup / honey

  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup fine rolled oats

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon




  •  1 1/2 cup chopped dates

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice




  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

  • Grease and line a slice tin. 17cm X 27 cm roughly.

  • In a small saucepan add the dates, water and lemon juice. 

  • Cook on low for 5 - 10 minutes until the dates soften and you can mix into a paste.

  • Meanwhile in a food processor add the softened butter and the coconut sugar. Mix on high until fully incorporated and the sugar beginning to dissolve.

  • Add the egg and mix, scraping down the sides as needed.

  • Add the syrup and mix again.

  • Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and add the remaining dry ingredients.

  • Mix well with a metal spoon, ensuring everything is well incorporated.

  • Dot 2/3 of the mixture around the bottom of the tin, and using wet hands press out into the bottom until it is around 2 cm thick.

  • Transfer this to the freezer to firm up a little.

  • Remove from the freezer and spread over the date mixture.

  • Finally, dot the remaining 1/3 of the mixture over and press down using wet hands (you can spread evenly or leave it like a crumble topping).

  • Place into the oven to bake for 20  - 30 minutes, until golden on the top.

  • Allow to cool before removing from the tin and slicing into squares.


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