These rich tasting squares use less sugar than other recipes but you would never know it. Bring squares to room temperature to serve, about 15 minutes.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 squares
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x11-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.

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  • Heat dates, orange juice, and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, until dates are soft, about 6 minutes.

  • Stir whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl; stir in melted butter. Press half of the oat mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

  • Spread date mixture evenly over oat mixture; sprinkle remaining oat mixture evenly over date mixture and press down lightly.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled before cutting into squares, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 35.5g; fat 12.2g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 89.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2015
The sugar could be reduced here. I made half the recipe in a 8x8 pan yielding 16 squares. I think there is too much butter and not enough oats but it is a good starting point. Thanks Suzanne. Read More
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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2015
The sugar could be reduced here. I made half the recipe in a 8x8 pan yielding 16 squares. I think there is too much butter and not enough oats but it is a good starting point. Thanks Suzanne. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2019
Easy to make. I like that there is only 3/4 cup of brown sugar in this recipe. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2020
awesome easy recipe. My MIL was craving date squares so I whipped up a batch for her and now she requests it all the time! I did tweak it just a wee bit. I used a full cup of orange juice and just simmered the chopped dates until they were a nice gooey texture. I didnt have whole wheatflour so I just used regular all purpose flour and because my MIL is diabetic I used Splenda brown sugar. FYI Im not a date fan so I experimented with craisins and it was faaaaaabulous Read More
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