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Simple treats I've always loved.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • Filling
  • 150g chopped dates
  • 60ml cold water
  • 25g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Crumble
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 150g margarine
  • 100g oats
  • 150g sugar

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:45min ›Ready in:1hr5min

  1. Heat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a large square tin.
  2. Place all filling ingredients in pan, and heat gently until mixture forms paste. Add more water if required. Leave mixture to cool.
  3. Rub margarine into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in oats and sugar, and mix well. place half the crumble mixture into the greased tray. Press down firmly. Smooth filling evenly over. Leave a small gap to the edge of tin. Spread remaining crumble evenly over the top.
  4. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes until golden brown.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(6)

Reviews in English (7)

Really tasty, easy recipe. I love dates, so might increase the filling by 50% next time. Also, I added a pinch of salt to the crumble mix. Yummy! Would even be good in a big slab with custard- like school dinners-07 Mar 2013

This is lovely. I made it and gave some to my husband ( who hates dates ! )......and he loved it !...-05 Feb 2012

I made this today,and although i've made date slice before,it was many years ago,and i'd forgotten the recipe.I tried this one,as it has 5 stars,but the ratio of filling to crumble is all wrong.Far too little filling.I used a baking tray and pressed the excess crumble,to make lovely biscuits.The date slice is just ok.-03 Apr 2015

This is the Best Date Square Recipe

You know those amazing Date Squares or Newfoundland Date Crumbles they have at your local coffee shop? The really huge ones, that are so melt in your mouth delicious?

Well what if I were to tell you that you could make these delicious little treats yourself, and very easily too? And that they were jam packed with healthy ingredients, like dates? AND&hellip

Homemade Date Squares or Date Bars are already Vegan, and so easy to convert to Gluten-Free!

This post was originally published on June 23, 2017 and updated December 4, 2020.

All of that buttery date filling sandwiched between delicious brown sugar, flour and more butter!

Would you be interested? I thought so!

What are date squares?

There are so many sweet treats that take me back to my childhood, and date squares are high on that list. I mean, I didn&rsquot actually like them as a kid (because I usually went for chocolate or lemon desserts), but as an adult they have become one of my fave treats.

Date squares are a dessert originating in Canada with an oat crumb base and topping and a softened date filling. In Newfoundland, we call them date squares or date crumbles, while in western parts of Canada, they&rsquore often called matrimonial squares.

Around here, date squares are a popular cookie for the holidays, but are also commonly found at baby showers and bake sales. If you ever take a road trip around the province, you will likely find them in road side coffee shops and community restaurants.

Orange Date Crumble Bars

Originally published on December 3 2009, photo update December 9, 2012.

This is a twist on a classic Newfoundland favorite, the Date Crumble . The classic recipe for these well loved treats can be found here along with an opinion on what makes a great date crumble.

This recipe is one my mom often made and everyone loves it. The simple infusion of a little citrus flavour into the date filling makes a great flavour impact without ruining the experience of enjoying a very good date crumble.

One other version my mom made was adding a few tablespoons of cocoa to the filling. This chocolate addition was also quite delicious. Now I&rsquom wondering what would happen if you combined both!

Like this Orange Date Crumble Bars recipe?

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Heavenly Israeli Date Squares

These Heavenly Israeli Date Squares have such a rich flavor. The butterscotch tasting Barhi dates are best used in this recipe, but they are hard to find outside of Israel, so you can substitute your favorite variety of fresh dates. Many date square recipes will call for margarine. Because Galilee Green Olive Oil is so light, it won’t overpower the sweet flavor of the dates, and can be used instead of margarine to make a much healthier desert.   


  • 8 oz. dates, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 cup brown sugar (divided)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup Galilee Green Olive Oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups oats (preferably not instant, but instant works)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Combine dates, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and water in a small pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook stirring often until the dates are soft enough to mash up . Set aside to cool slightly.

3. In a bowl, blend flour, baking soda and salt . Add olive oil, brown sugar and oats . Don’t over mix, as the mixture should be crumbly.

4. Press half the mixture in a lightly greased 8 x 8" pan to form the crust . Spread date filling over the crust . Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the dates. Lightly pat down to even out the mixture.

Date Crumble Bars (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

DATE. CRUMBLE. BARS. Do I need to say more? I don’t. But it’s me. So I will. And before I start talking about these date crumble bars, I’ll just say this.

I have so many cringeworthy jokes like, “This is the perfect date” or “have you ever had such a good first date” or “this was the best date of my life!” and though they may make you wince from pain at how not funny they are, they all apply here.

You already know I love dates. I made these Date Crumble Bars with one thing top of mind – my desire to make a sweet and luscious date filling. I had tons of dates I had bought and wanted to use them to make something that was decadent, but still light enough to eat with breakfast or as a morning pastry with coffee. And thus, these crumble bars were born.

This recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and uses no refined sugar. We love that about them!

I loved the idea of taking a cross between a fig (well here, date) newton and an apple crumble and seeing what could become of the two. To make the crust, I use a blend of almond flour and oat flour. For this recipe I liked the idea of making the latter in my blender, so we still keep some oaty texture (plus, one less trip to the store!). Along with a touch of coconut sugar and coconut oil, the crust is shortbready but also chewy, making it stand up well against the date filling.

And now to the filling – also known as the object of my affection and desire. I added absolutely no sugar to this, and it comes together with just medjool dates (the GOAT), a little almond milk, and vanilla extract. It could not be easier than that, and I will warn you that you will truly want to eat it straight up.

I use most of the dough for the crust, and save about one-third of it to crumble on top, mixed in with some rolled oats and coconut sugar for more texture.

If you aren’t convinced yet to make these by my vivid, lengthy description then I hope the pictures will really send you over the edge.

I hope you enjoy this recipe – tag me on Instagram @dadaeats so I can see your creations!

The Best Old-Fashioned Date Squares

This is a classic Canadian dessert bar. There's something very satisfying about a good date square. Delicious pureed dates sandwiched between two layers of buttery oatmeal crumb crust. Sigh. I can almost smell them baking away in the oven right now. You're going to love these!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can whip them up really fast and have them in the oven baking in no time. These really are the best date squares I've ever had!

This recipe comes from my grandmother's collection that was passed down to my mom. It's been in the family for a long time now and is one of those special recipes that never goes out of style. I've heard so many stories from my dad about all the amazing desserts and things my grandmother used to make. Her homemade fudge was something that people from the town of Douro used to line up at her front door for. I'm also told that her chocolate cakes were something to die for. I must search out more of her recipes. I never got the chance to try her baking as she passed away when I was very young, but I thank you 100 times and more for this dessert bar Grandma xxx.

The Best Old-Fashioned Date Squares yield: 16 squares

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in softened butter until fully incorporated. The mixture should resemble course crumbs.
  2. For the date filling, combine dates and hot water in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and cook, stirring often until dates are soft and begin to thicken.
  3. Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch baking pan to form the bottom crust.
  4. Press the date filling over the bottom crust.
  5. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling. Lightly pat down with your fingers to even out the topping.
  6. Bake at 325˚ for 30 minutes until the top is lightly browned and golden.
  7. Cool completely and cut into squares.

If you're looking for some more amazing dessert bars, I've got a killer recipe for Magic Bars right here!

Mix brown sugar and margarine in a medium bowl. Stir in flour, oats and salt until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of square dish, 8 x 8 x 2 inches.

Elevate dish on inverted dinner plate in microwave oven. Microwave uncovered on medium (50%) for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating dish a quarter turn every 2 minutes, until hot and slightly bubbly around edges.

Place dates, 2 tablespoons sugar and water in a 4-cup measure. Microwave uncovered on high for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until boiling and thickened.

Carefully spread date mixture over hot layer. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture and the hazelnuts.

Elevate dish on inverted dinner plate in microwave oven. Microwave uncovered on high for 4 to 6 minutes, rotating dish a half turn after 3 minutes, until bubbly.

Date Bars Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 1 bar (47g)
Calories: 160 Calories


¾ cup unsalted butter, softened


Place oats, flour, cinnamon, butter, salt, vanilla and Truvia Original Sweetener in bowl and mix at low speed for 1 minute.

Scrape sides of bowl, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Portion two-thirds of oat mixture into a greased 9” square pan set aside remaining one-third of mixture for topping.

Press oat mixture into bottom of pan to form crust.

For filling

Cook the dates, Truvia Original Sweetener and water in a medium saucepan on low heat for 10 minutes or until the dates begin to soften. Stir in vanilla. Spread over pressed oat mixture.

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This was very tasty. Everyone enjoyed it and it was perfect for a spring meal. I also added strawberries. I will definitely make it again

So happy to hear you enjoyed the bars, Deb! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


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