1/4craw pecans, choppedoptional, 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!
Keep date squares in a covered dish once they have completely cooled. They should last for about a week if you haven't eaten them all first. Date squares also freeze fairly well too!