Grandma’s Date Squares (plant-based, gluten-free)
- ¾ cup vegan butter or margarine
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 ½ cups oat flour or a mix of gluten-free flours
- 1 ¾ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
- 1 cup water
- Prepare the fruit: in a small pot, boil the dates and 1 cup of water together, stirring frequently to break down the dates. Keep it bubbling over medium heat and stirring until the dates make a fairly dry paste.
- Then prepare the topping: mix the vegan butter, coconut sugar, flour, oats, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Use your hands to rub it into a well-combined, crumbly texture.
- Press a base of the oatmeal mixture (about 2-3 cups) into a greased 8×8″ glass baking dish, then spread the date mixture on top. Cover this with another layer (about 1 1/4 cups) of the topping, sprinkling the crumbs over the top.
- Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, until the topping is golden around the edges. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it, if you can wait! Serve with vanilla ice cream or on its own, for snacks or dessert. ❤️