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California Date Squares

Date Recipes Vegan

A delicious California Date square recipe. This was submitted by a loyal blog reader (Edna Jansen). Thanks Edna! It's an easy recipe to convert over to a vegan friendly or organic dish with some tweaks to the butter and flour. Have fun with it and let us know how yours turns out!



  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 3/4 cups of Pitted Medjool dates.
  • 2 tbsp of orange juice
  • 2 tbsp of date sugar (can substitute for brown sugar if needed)


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 3/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup date sugar (can substitute for brown sugar if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Take an 8 inch long piece of parchment paper and line a baking dish. Butter the two opposite exposed sides of the baking dish.


Chop the pitted dates. Combine the chopped Dates, orange juice, water and date sugar. Cook in a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil, then add the baking soda and let it simmer for 6 minutes, keep stirring until the dates start to separate and cook down.


In a separate bowl combine the date sugar, flour, baking powder and oats. Dump the softened butter into the bowl and mix. Spread half of the crisp into the bottom of the baking dish and pack down. Then spread a nice even layer of the date filling onto the crisp. Once you have the desired thickness, pour the remaining crisp onto the date filling. Do not pack the top layer of crisp...only a light packing is good.

Bake in oven for 50 min. until the crisp is nice and golden. Let cool over night or 5-6 hours. Once cooled, cut into squares. Will make roughly 12-18 squares.

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