Most date squares are just way too sweet in my opinion. So when I developed this recipe; my own version is less sweet and tastes even better. You will find it hard to stop at only one.
1 large apple finely chopped
2 cups dates, chopped
1 cup water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup vegetable fat or coconut oil
1/3 cup rice syrup or honey
1 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup potato flour
3/4 cup brown rice flour
- Simmer apples in water till soft.
- Add dates and simmer till soft.
- Mash well.
- Add lemon juice and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix vegetable fat, rice syrup and salt.
- First add flour; mix in.
- Then add oats, mix well.
- Pat 2/3 of the mixture into an 8 X 8 pan.
- Spread the date mixture on top of the oat mixture.
- Then sprinkle the other 1/3 of oat mixture on top of the dates.
- Lightly press down.
- Bake in preheated oven at 400º F. for 25 to 35 minutes.
Benefits of Dates:
- Dates are rich in natural fibers and lots of nutrients: calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, magnesium and many other trace nutrients.
- They are easily digested so they are great for giving quick energy.
- They have been found to help in the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
- Studies have shown that they can be good for those with a weak heart.
- They are good as a tonic for improving sexual stamina and preventing sterility.
- Oats have lots of manganese, are a very good source of selenium, vitamin B1, dietary fiber, magnesium, protein & phosphorus.
- 1 bowl of oatmeal a day (3 grams of soluble oat fiber) typically lowers total cholesterol by 8-23%.
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