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98
Yum Factor
Don't be a (Date) Square
Yields 20
A treat your grandma would be proud of.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 &1/4 Cup - Rolled Oats (I used Quaker Large Flake Oats)
  2. 1/4 Cup - Ground Flax Seeds
  3. 1/4 Cup - Coconut Oil
  4. 4 Tbsp - Maple Syrup**
  5. 1 Tbsp - Vanilla
  6. 1 Tsp - Sea Salt
  7. 3 Cups - Pitted Dates (About 25 dates)**
  8. 1/2 Cup - Boiling Water
Optional
  1. 4 Tbsp - Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  2. Handful of Dried Cranberries
  3. Handful of Walnuts**
  4. Handful of Pumpkin Seeds**
  5. Handful of Sunflower Seeds**
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line an 8x10 square baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a food processor, combine the oats and flax, and process until the oats are slightly ground (but don't grind into flour)
  4. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt - process until all is combined
  5. Take 3/4 of the mixture and press it down into the baking sheet (press firmly down as much as you can until you are thoroughly satisfied)
Optional step
  1. Add the walnuts, dried cranberries and coconut flakes to the rest of the "crust" mixture, and process it so the walnuts are broken up
  2. Put the rest of the mixture into a bowl, and give your processor a quick wipe down.
  3. Add the dates and boiling water to the processor and mix until it forms a soft, sticky paste. You may need to add more hot water to it depending on how many dates you use (make sure it's still pretty thick, you don't want the paste to be runny)
  4. Carefully spread all the filling onto the crust
  5. Add the rest of your crust on top of the paste and lightly press it into the paste
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Take it out of the oven, add the rest of your toppings (if you're adding toppings), and press them down into the filling. Put it back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  8. Take it out of the oven, let it cool, cut into squares
  9. Mmmmmmmmdelicious.
Notes
  1. - You can use any liquid sweetener
  2. - I used more dates because I love the filling OH-SO-MUCH
  3. - There is no specific reason why I used those nuts. That's just all I had in my pantry. I would have used more if I could though!
  4. 136 calories/square (this includes the toppings I used)
Calories
136 cal
Fat
5 g
Protein
2 g
Carbs
18 g
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