Vegan Gluten Free Date Squares | © 2016 | | © 2016 |

Incredibly delicious and healthy vegan and gluten free oat-buckwheat bars packed with a creamy gooey date filling and a chewy crust that makes a lovely sinless snacking option.

Vegan Gluten Free Date Squares

adapted from Ricardo Cuisine
  • 250 g Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 50 g Leftover cranberry preserves, optional
  • 90 g Rolled oats
  • 110 g Buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 120 g Coconut oil, softened
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the chopped dates, water, and lemon juice to a boil. Add the baking soda and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the dates have fallen apart. Let cool.
  3. In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder. Add the coconut oil and mix until you have a crumble like mixture. .
  4. Spread half the mixture in the pan and press firmly. Spread with the cranberry jam if using and the date mixture. Cover with the remaining crumble and press lightly. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. | © 2016 | | © 2016 |


Rosa 6/4/16 09:02

A tempting treat! This is a great recipe.



Ana Regalado 6/4/16 11:18

Looks delicious and healthy to boot !

Anonymous 6/4/16 12:02

Salivating here Angie. These are incredible!
Have a wonderful day.
:-) Mandy xo

Summer 6/4/16 12:30

These vegan squares are calling out my name! Enticing ♥

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy 6/4/16 13:09

What a lovely afternoon treat. I love using dates in my baking, as they have such a nice texture and flavour.

Tricia Buice 6/4/16 14:06

These look like some of the best date bars I've ever seen. Some have such a small amount of filling and tend to be dry, but these look moist and delicious. I adore dates and could eat them everyday. Lovely recipe Angie!

Monica 6/4/16 14:44

I see these and it makes me want to pack them up and head to the beach for a picnic. Too bad it's about 30 degrees right now! I can still enjoy them with a cup of tea at home though. : )

grace 6/4/16 14:59

i was honestly surprised by how much i love dates--they're so chewy and naturally sweet and satisfying! i'd love these bars too. :)

Nammi 6/4/16 16:03

I love dates. Looks yummy

Mother Rimmy 6/4/16 16:04

These look amazing. I love it when I have everything I need in the pantry to make a recipe!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 6/4/16 16:14

You hooked me at "packed with a creamy gooey date filling and a chewy crust." These would be a wonderful power snack to take on a trip or enjoy at home with a cup of tea.

Nancy Chan 6/4/16 17:05

Very delicious looking snacks. Yums!

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 6/4/16 18:21

I love that you used leftover cranberry preserves in these! They sound delicious!!

Elisabeth 6/4/16 18:42

Oh, how I love dates, Angie! These date squares are 'out of this world' beautiful, crunchy, oooey-gooey, delicious. I'm simply drooling over them!

Unknown 6/4/16 19:01

Love dates! These date bars look amazing! So luscious and moist...yum!

[Reply] 6/4/16 19:06

gorgeously presented!
even if I don't like dates!

Unknown 6/4/16 19:45

YES! This is definitely my favorite type of dessert! I'm a total date lover and would die to have a square or two... Great recipe! Thanks for sharing,Angie!

Choclette 6/4/16 20:31

Ooh I love date slices. Takes me right back to my youth when I used to buy them at Cranks before I started making them myself. No coconut oil in those days, but I know how well it would work. Like your use of buckwheat flour too.

Kelly 6/4/16 20:55

These look SO good, Angie! I love date squares and could easily have way too many of these in one sitting! The cranberry preserves sounds awesome!

fimere 6/4/16 22:09

j'aime beaucoup le gâteau aux dattes un délice
bonne soirée

Evelyne CulturEatz 6/4/16 22:31

A healthier version of dates squares, they look just amazing Angie!

Juliana 6/4/16 23:46

Angie, I love the sound and the look of these I have some date and was wondering what to make...thanks for the recipe.
Hope you are having a great week :)

Sue/the view from great island 7/4/16 01:40

I love how jam-packed with dates these bars are --- I even have a package of dates in the cupboard just waiting for something like these delicious treats!

Kushigalu 7/4/16 02:44

Mouth watering share :-) I want at least few right now :-) Will try this recipe over weekend. Bookmarked!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 7/4/16 02:55

My mom used to make date cookies---she would have loved these! They look scrumptious!

Katerina 7/4/16 09:14

Dates are perfect source of vitamins and such a delicious fruit! Beautiful squares Angie!

jasna varcakovic 7/4/16 09:39

I admire anything made with dates; great photos too!

Rafeeda AR 7/4/16 13:25

Couldn't have come at the right time! I am on a vegan diet and looking at ways to suppress my sweet tooth. Bookmarked!

Karen Luvswesavory 7/4/16 13:59

Very inviting date slices ... yummy too!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 7/4/16 14:41

These stunning photos are making me drool, Angie. I love how healthy and delicious these squares are! Have a great weekend!

Susan 7/4/16 15:28

Love dates--they're so good for us! I will for sure be making these; so yummy! XOXO

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons 7/4/16 16:18

Oh how I love dates, Angie! These look incredibly chewy and sweet! : )

Viviane Bauquet Farre 7/4/16 18:10

Those look amazing, Angie. Just looking at the photos, I feel like I can taste them!

Pam 7/4/16 19:54

YUM! They look terrific, Angie.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7/4/16 20:50

I LOVE date squares! These look so delicious and the crumble sounds wonderful.

Abbe@This is How I Cook 7/4/16 21:32

These are the yummiest date bars I've seen! Can't wait to try them, Angie!

Anna 8/4/16 04:09

Yumy!! It looks too delicious! I must do it right! I love this dish. Thanks!

Gloria Baker 8/4/16 15:33

Love that squares Angie !!
I love dates. The other day I buy someones but in two days we ate au natural.
I have to buy again :)
Lovely recipe.

Unknown 8/4/16 18:51

I love dates so I love these squares Angie! Would be perfect to snack on post my workout!

MunatyCooking 8/4/16 20:31

Dates are the best fruit in my country, and these bars looks so delicious!

Cheri Savory Spoon 8/4/16 22:55

Hi Angie, I love baked goods that are made with dates, these really look delicious. Have a great week-end!

Harriet Emily 9/4/16 11:13

Yummmmy! I love date squares so much. They're such a delicious treat! I love that these are vegan, I can't wait to try them! <3

Debra Eliotseats 9/4/16 23:57

I would love one of these bars with a cup of tea!

Unknown 10/4/16 00:13

That looks simply amazing Angie. Love dates and this looks so gooey and so yumm. My boys would love this for sure.

Reeni 10/4/16 02:43

They look absolutely delicious Angie! Save me a few! I bet they're wonderful with a cup of coffee.

Adina 10/4/16 09:11

I was looking for a fruity, vegan cake recipe to make next week for visiting vegan friends. This one sounds perfect, I don't even have to go shopping, I have everything I need in the pantry.

Gina 10/4/16 19:17

Dates and cranberries... Sweet and tart. Just pour me a cup of coffee please.

Cecilia 10/4/16 21:13

What a great recipe, I will try it myself. Thanks for sharing.

Karen (Back Road Journal) 10/4/16 23:16

I have a friend who is trying to cut out sugar but loves sweets. I know that these date squares would make him and his wife very happy.

Beth 11/4/16 03:15

Gorgeous! Bookmarked to make for my GF friend!

mjskit 11/4/16 03:41

You constantly inspire me to give making my own health bars. I have a Costco size box of dates rights now, so these are perfect! Thanks Angie!

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes 11/4/16 06:17

I totally LOVE dates! What a lovely looking square Angie! Thanks for such a great recipe.

Alida @mylittleitaliankitchen 11/4/16 10:54

Oh interesting! Vegan is extremely popular these days in Italy too. People want light and healthy food.
Love your date squares. Have a good week my friend.

Gourmet Getaways 11/4/16 11:53

OMG! Date filled bars!! Yum
What a great idea for a treat!
Thanks so much for sharing
Gourmet Getaways

All That I'm Eating 11/4/16 12:09

I love using dates for things like this, they sound so good.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 11/4/16 16:17

Oh my goodness, Angie! I LOVE LOVE LOVE dates, their natural sweetness just makes me do a happy dance, and these squares are FABULOUS!! I could eat an entire pan of these beauties!! Cheers, dear!

Evi @ greenevi 11/4/16 17:59

So simple and so delicious! I love these kind of little, healthy treats :)

Sue 11/4/16 18:40

I had to pin this recipe! We (especially my husband)love dates and these bars look amazing and delicious, Angie!

Unknown 11/4/16 21:09

I love the filling in these bar cookies - so moist and delicious!

Cathleen 12/4/16 03:32

This looks amazing!! I have been wanting to use these dates in my cupboard for a lonng time now!

Sharon D. 12/4/16 04:34

Ooo..this looks yummy, and I love that it's healthy. I don't have to worry about over-eating! ^.^

Balvinder 12/4/16 16:05

I have almost everything you used in these squares- must try this one out!

Sokehah cheah 12/4/16 16:10

These look delicious and yes, sinless with all the goodness!

Tania | My Kitchen Stories 12/4/16 17:15

Oh how I love dates especially like this with shortbready , crumbly delicious things like this

lena 12/4/16 17:20

would love to bite into these wonderful treat! sounds delicious, angie.

Barbara 13/4/16 12:19

Date bars were my dad's favorite! Love that you used buckwheat flour; I always have some in my pantry. These look delicious, Angie!

Geri Saucier 13/4/16 19:36

These bars look wonderful and very yummy:)

The Hungary Buddha 13/4/16 20:12

Love date squares and never make them. thanks for the motivation!

tigerfish 14/4/16 12:20

I bought a huge packet of dates recently. This sounds like a great idea for the dates.

Marcelle 16/4/16 07:01

I love dates and these bars are beautiful! Sounds so delicious, Angie! Great post :)

The Caked Crusader 18/4/16 19:53

I love how dates make everything taste of toffee - yum!

Nadia 18/4/16 22:41

Love date and any date based desserts! These squares look so tasty :D

Rachel @ Bakerita 19/4/16 23:25

Yum, these date squares look absolutely incredible! I've got to try these.

priya 21/4/16 08:32

This is my mommy s special recipe. She used to make this in winters for us

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 21/4/16 16:53

These sounds very similar to a bar I get from our local co-op. They are one of my favorite bars that I don't need to feel guilty about indulging in.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 23/4/16 00:44

Oh my, I need to make these I love date squares, I have no idea why I have never made them before.

Hema 25/4/16 18:30

Healthy, delicious and easy to make too..

Sophie Sportende Foodie 27/4/16 21:01

Waw, Angie! What a lovely cool date bars recipe! They look insanely tasty too!
I can't wait to make them soon! xxx

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 15/5/16 17:12

I can't resist layered oat bars -- and dates are a favorite of our family! So nice to find some that are not only full of date flavor, but also healthy! I can always depend on your recipes, Angie!

Adina 5/1/17 21:02

I made these bars last week and they were delicious! We had several friends over and the bars were the dessert after a vegan meal. I served them with a dollop of banana ice cream on the side. I used spelt flour because I had forgotten to buy buckwheat flour. It worked great.


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