Walnut-Date Squares

These treats are moist, gooey, and delicious. For a special occasion, serve these warm with a dollop of your favorite vegan whipped topping, or a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup cold vegan margarine
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour an 8" × 8" baking pan.
  • Combine dates, ½ cup brown sugar, and orange juice in a saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes to thicken, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Cut margarine into pieces and combine with flour mixture until crumbly. Press ½ of the flour mixture into the bottom of the baking pan to form the crust.
  • Sprinkle walnuts in an even layer and lightly press into the crust. Spread the date mixture over the crust and then top with the remaining flour mixture.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Place pan on wire rack to cool. Cut into squares to serve.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup cold vegan margarine
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour an 8" × 8" baking pan.
  • Combine dates, ½ cup brown sugar, and orange juice in a saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes to thicken, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Cut margarine into pieces and combine with flour mixture until crumbly. Press ½ of the flour mixture into the bottom of the baking pan to form the crust.
  • Sprinkle walnuts in an even layer and lightly press into the crust. Spread the date mixture over the crust and then top with the remaining flour mixture.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Place pan on wire rack to cool. Cut into squares to serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat9g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium115mg
Total Carbohydrate29g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars20g
Protein2g