Let’s be a little frank here. Chances are if you are like most people, you could probably use a tad more fibre in the old diet! Taking a quick walk through the grocery store will yield a bounty of packaged food that boast about being a source of fibre. Here is the catch though, many of these purchased items also contain oodles of refined sugars as well as a long list of other ingredients that you may or may not be able to pronounce, let alone understand their purpose.
What if I told you there was a better way? Let me introduce you to my latest creation, healthy date squares! These date squares have all the sweet you are looking for without any refined sugars and a nice little oat crunch.
Healthy Date Squares
- 2.5 c dates
- 2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c ground flax
- 1/3 c spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 c melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 c raw pecans, chopped optional, sprinkle on top before baking
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Place half of the mixture into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish.
- Soak 2.5 cups dates with 1/2 c boiling water. I place the dates and water into my mini food processor and let it sit for about 10 minutes and then blend. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp salt. Add more water if needed to get the right consistency. Spread carefully on top of first oat layer. Now add the remaining oats and pecans if you wish. Bake for 35 minutes. Enjoy!