Most date squares are just way too sweet in my opinion. So when I developed this recipe; my own version is less sweet and tastes even better. You will find it hard to stop at only one.
DATE SQUARES: Wheat-Free
1 large apple finely chopped 2 cups dates, chopped 1 cup water Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup vegetable fat or coconut oil 1/3 cup rice syrup or honey 1 tsp. salt 1 3/4 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup potato flour 3/4 cup brown rice flour
Simmer apples in water till soft.
Add dates and simmer till soft.
Add lemon juice and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix vegetable fat, rice syrup and salt.
First add flour; mix in.
Then add oats, mix well.
Pat 2/3 of the mixture into an 8 X 8 pan.
Spread the date mixture on top of the oat mixture.
Then sprinkle the other 1/3 of oat mixture on top of the dates.
Lightly press down.
Bake in preheated oven at 400º F. for 25 to 35 minutes.
Benefits of Dates:
Dates are rich in natural fibers and lots of nutrients: calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, magnesium and many other trace nutrients.
They are easily digested so they are great for giving quick energy.
They have been found to help in the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
Studies have shown that they can be good for those with a weak heart.
They are good as a tonic for improving sexual stamina and preventing sterility.
Oats have lots of manganese, are a very good source of selenium, vitamin B1, dietary fiber, magnesium, protein & phosphorus.
1 bowl of oatmeal a day (3 grams of soluble oat fiber) typically lowers total cholesterol by 8-23%.
I am the head chef at Real Food for Life and author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.