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The Best Damn Date Squares Your Grandma’s Ever Had

The Best Damn Date Squares

These are literally the best damn date squares you will ever make. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I just can’t help myself. I’m seriously ADDICTED to them!

This recipe is based off my amazing Grandma Patterson’s original date square recipe. I’ve only made a few small tweaks to make them 100% plant-based with a gluten-free option. Everyone always used to say how my grandma’s date squares were the best they’ve ever had so I hope my version can live up to the expectations!

I have so much respect for my grandmother who has now passed but has left with me with so many incredible recipes and even more incredible life lessons. I’ve learned a lot from her and I want this recipe to be a tribute to her. I hope she is proud looking down on me and I also hope she doesn’t mind me sharing this recipe with you! 😀

These date squares are not only incredibly delicious, they’re also super easy to whip up. 

The secret is all in the quality of the dates!

If you can’t find high quality dates, this recipe will still turn out just fine so don’t worry. However, if you want them to be extraordinary try and find super fresh dates. I get mine from a small local organic fruit and nut shop next to my house called Pestacio. Their fresh dates are to die for!!

The Best Damn Squares

The other trick is to make sure you cook the date squares for a long time on lower heat. This will help them stick together. I find they are a bit crumbly and even more so if you are making them gluten free. 

Don’t let this deter you! They are still a crowd pleaser and are an excellent option to serve guests as dessert, at a party or just to keep for yourself!

WARNING: You may end up eating the whole tray. 

You were warned.

Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!The Best Damn Squares

The Best Damn Date Squares Your Grandma's Ever Had
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These are the absolute BEST date squares you will ever eat! These aren't your grandma's date squares - they are unbelievable! 100% plant-based and can be made GF very easily. Not to mention they take little to no time to whip up!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour (if gluten-free, you can use certified GF oat flour or GF all purpose flour)*
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/8 tsp salt
  4. 2 cups of rolled oats (use certified GF oats if needed)
  5. 1 cup coconut sugar (I used Wholesome organic coconut palm sugar)**
  6. 1 cup of coconut oil
Date Filling
  1. 1 1/2 cups of pitted medjool dates (the fresher, the better)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Place all date filling ingredients in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until all the water is gone. You should end up with some sort of a date "paste"
  3. Grease a square pan (7x11") with coconut oil
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl to make the crumb mixture
  5. Add half of the crumb mixture to the bottom of the greased pan and press it down firmly
  6. Add the date filling on top and spread it out evenly
  7. Add the remaining crumb mixture to the top of the date filling
  8. Bake for 50 minutes
  9. Let it cool for 10 minutes before cutting.*** Serve immediately or it can keep on the counter covered for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week. Although, I've never been able to keep them that long 😉
  1. *To make oat flour, simply grind up oats in a food processor or coffee grinder.
  2. **If you do not have coconut sugar you can substitute brown sugar
  3. ***Note - these will be a bit crumbly and even more so if you use GF flour or oat flour. However, this will not matter because they taste absolutely AMAZING!
Adapted from Grandma Patterson
Adapted from Grandma Patterson
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The Best Damn Squares 

What is one of your grandma’s favourite recipes? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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  • Kelly
    December 6, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I made these last night and they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    • JessD
      December 6, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Oh that’s great!!! I’m so glad you liked them 🙂 xoxo