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Healthy date squares arranged on a sheet of wax paper.

Healthy Date Squares (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 squares
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Healthy Date Squares are a wholesome twist on traditional Newfoundland date squares with oats, quinoa flakes and sweet dates. They’re vegan and gluten-free, and go perfectly with an afternoon cup of tea!


For the filling:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups water

For the crumb base and topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, virgin, cold pressed


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  • Add the dates and water to a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 7-8 minutes, or until the dates have softened. Towards the end of the cook time, start mashing the dates with a fork which helps absorb any remaining liquid. Cover and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, quinoa flakes, almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, add the almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil and microwave on two 30-second intervals, stirring in between and after until smooth.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until wet and crumbly.
  • Press a little over half of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Spread on the warm date filling.
  • Sprinkle on the remaining crumble mixture and press it lightly into the date filling.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Using the edges of the parchment paper, lift the date squares out of the pan and cut into 16 pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for 6-7 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.


  1. You can substitute the quinoa flakes for more rolled oats. Since the oat flakes are larger, use 1 cup of oats to replace the 1 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes.
  2. For a thicker date square, use an 8-inch square pan and bake for an extra few minutes.
  3. Be sure to check out the FAQ as well as the tips and substitutions section above the recipe for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: vegan date squares, gluten-free date squares, date crumbles, matrimonial bars