Coffee-date squares



15 min


16 squares

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes, Baking Time: 25 minutes


  • 250-g pitted chopped dates , about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly oil an 8-inch (2-L) square pan or coat with non-stick cooking spray. Place dates and coffee in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, covered and stirring often, until thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using a fork, stir flour with oats, sugar, baking soda and salt. Pour in butter. Mix with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Spoon half of mixture into pan. Pat with your hand until slightly compacted. Spread with date mixture. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture. Pat down. Bake in centre of 350F (180C) oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan, then cut into squares.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 207,
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g,

Wrap and freeze individual squares to tuck into lunches.