When I was a kid, my mother used to make date squares a lot. They weren’t my favourite but I still held fond memories of eating them.
I’ve always loved to bake and I’ve always baked homemade treats for my boy’s lunchbox. I was excited when I got my hands on my mum’s date square recipe and I used to follow it to a tee. My son has always loved them, even when I only put dates in them (as my mum did).
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with the recipe and this is what I’ve come up with (it tastes like Apple Crumble/Crisp…yum).
Apple Crumble Date Squares
1/2 cup of fresh dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup of peeled and chopped apples
1 TBSP rice syrup or honey
2-4 TBSP of water
Bring to a boil and simmer just until apples are soft. Cut apples in small pieces to reduce cooking time. Remove from heat and mash to a thick puree consistency.
BASE & TOP
2 cups of plain wholemeal flour (I use wholemeal spelt flour sometimes or a combination)
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2/3 cup of melted butter (not margarine)
Combine in a large bowl. Press half the mixture in a square baking tin. Spread the filling evenly over the base. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the filling and gently press. Bake for 45 minutes.
OVEN TEMP: 180 celsius
- Add chopped nuts or seeds to the base/top mixture or sultanas or raisons to the filling. Try different combinations.
- Freeze cut and pop a frozen square into lunch-boxes. By lunchtime, it’s thawed and ready to eat.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a yummy dessert.