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Oat and Quinoa Date Squares

Oat and Quinoa Date Squares

5 from 1 reviews

These Oat and Quinoa Date Squares are full of fiber, protein and clean eating ingredients like almond butter, dates and honey. They also have two different types of oats as well as quinoa flakes. They are super delicious and make a great on-the-go breakfast, mid-morning snack, or dessert!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8″ square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the steel-cut oats, large flaked oats, quinoa flakes, coconut sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the almond butter and honey.
  4. Add the almond butter/honey mixture to the oat/quinoa mixture and stir until well combined. (Use your hands or an electric mixer).
  5. In the meantime, add the dates, maple syrup and almond milk to a medium-sized sauce pan and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. If the mixture comes to a boil, that’s okay. Just reduce the heat and keep stirring so it doesn’t burn on.
  6. Once the dates have absorbed the liquid and softened, remove from heat and mash with a fork or a potato masher. For a smoother texture, use a blender (be careful as the mixture will be hot). Blend on high until mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  7. Pour half of the oat/quinoa mixture into the greased pan and press firmly to cover the bottom of the pan. Next, spread the date paste over the crumb mixture. Then add the remaining oat/quinoa mixture on top of the dates and press firmly to cover the top.
  8. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  10. Once cooled completely, gently lift the date squares out of the pan with a knife and cut into 16 pieces.
  11. The date squares can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 3-5 days. You can also freeze them to enjoy later.

Notes

  1. I suggest using an 8″ square plan, but if you want a thinner date square, you could use a 9″ square pan. I did this once and it was fine. Just note that the date paste will need to be spread out much thinner in order to cover the crumb base.
  2. When mixing together the almond butter and honey, if your almond butter is a bit firm and doesn’t easily combine with the honey, just pop the mixture (both the honey and almond butter) in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to soften it.
  3. I used whole pitted dried dates in this recipe. But I’ve also used chopped medjool dates. Both work well in this recipe. If you chop your dates, the stewing time may decrease and they may be easier to mash. Also, medjool dates are a bit softer than dried dates.
  4. It is best to spread the date paste on the crumb base when it is still warm. Once it cools it becomes stickier and more difficult to spread.