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Best Date Squares Ever

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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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2 h 20 m servings 251
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 squares)


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x11-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Heat dates, orange juice, and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, until dates are soft, about 6 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread date mixture evenly over oat mixture; sprinkle remaining oat mixture evenly over date mixture and press down lightly.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 251 calories; 12.2 35.5 3 31 89 Full nutrition

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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, Suzann...

Easy to make. I like that there is only 3/4 cup of brown sugar in this recipe.