Raw Date Squares (Vegan, Paleo)

These date squares are the perfect sweet treat.

raw date squares

Featuring just a handful of ingredients, they are sweetened with only nutrient-rich dates and can be prepared in just about 20 minutes!

I’ve been on a mission to eat more dates lately, because they’re thought to improve labor when eaten during the last month of pregnancy. Since dates are naturally sweet and delicious, I’m happy to increase my consumption, regardless. Even if you’re not pregnant, dates are a beneficial addition to the diet, since they’re rich in fiber, which can promote digestive health and relieve constipation. They are also rich in magnesium, which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Paired with the antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, these bars are a grain-free, nutritious treat!

Raw Date Squares (Vegan, Paleo)
makes one 8″x8″ pan

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

For the crust/crumble:

3 cups raw walnuts
8 soft Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

2 cups soft Medjool dates, pitted and tightly packed
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap. In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, pulse the walnuts until they are finely ground into a meal. Add in the chopped dates, coconut oil and salt, and process again until sticky dough is formed. Set aside 1 cup of this dough to save for the crumble topping, then transfer the rest of the dough to the lined baking dish, using your hands to press it evenly into the bottom of the pan.

To prepare the date filling, combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until a uniform filling is created. Spread the filling over the crust evenly, then crumble the reserved cup of dough over the top. Use your fingers to gently press the crumble topping into the date filling, then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.

Serve chilled for best texture, and store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
raw date squares

4.5 from 10 votes
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Raw Date Squares
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A raw dessert featuring a rich walnut crust and naturally sweetened date filling.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 343 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
For the crust/crumble:
  • 3 cups raw walnuts
  • 8 soft Medjool dates , pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 2 cups soft Medjool dates , pitted and tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap. In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, pulse the walnuts until they are finely ground into a meal. Add in the chopped dates, coconut oil and salt, and process again until sticky dough is formed. Set aside 1 cup of this dough to save for the crumble topping, then transfer the rest of the dough to the lined baking dish, using your hands to press it evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  2. To prepare the date filling, combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until a uniform filling is created. Spread the filling over the crust evenly, then crumble the reserved cup of dough over the top. Use your fingers to gently press the crumble topping into the date filling, then place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  3. Serve chilled for best texture, and store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Tessa

Hi Megan

Love the sound of this recipe although can’t get medjool dates here in Crete. Will ordinary soft dates do and if so how what quantity will I need?
Also the same with coconut oil. Can I use any other kind of oil ie walnut oil, light olive oil, melted butter?
Best regards

Tessa

Jackie @ thecharmitspot

Hands down the BEST dessert ever!!! Even my picky 6 year old son LOVES!! Thank you for this great recipe!!!

Nathalie

OMG! made this over the weekend, delicious!!! I froze half of them pre-cut and been eating them from the freezer! Love your recipes!!

Lori

These are delicious. Made a pan last weekend and doing another one this weekend. Such a great treat !!!!

Mackenzie

Just made these and they turned out great. Didn’t miss the sugar at all.

Chau

So I made the crust and it was soo good (and sweet enough) that I opted out of the actual date feeling and just froze the crust, and cut them into bars for snacks. Delicious!

Melina

These are amazing! I love them! Thanks so much for the recipe. This might sound weird but I’m going to put a thin layer of blue cheese before the top layer next time I make these. It was a huge hit.

Tania

I really liked the crust and crumble but once I added the date filling and tasted the end result found it to be too sweet after eating a few bites. If you are like me consuming no additional sugar in general outside fruit you might want to consider putting on the filling even thinner than what you see in the picture and even putting less dates in the crust/crumble to balance out sweetness of filling. Otherwise the first couple bites were delicious!

Karen Negrete

I just finished making the recipe and am looking forward to the results because making it turned into a mess and a pain in the b*tt. When I started to process the dates, the water, the vanilla and salt, the liquid started spraying out the sides of my processor. (I have the same one that you have.) I stopped it to make sure that the top was on properly and it was. So I started it up again and again the sticky liquid sprayed out again. Groan. I transferred the dates, etc. to my blender but my blender wasn’t strong enough to blend it but it did manage to mix some of the water with the dates. So…back again to the processor to blend it all and then all was fine. Maybe the liquid should go in first??

Tracey White

I used pecans instead of walnuts(walnuts make my mouth get instant cankres) and added some freshly grated nutmeg and a bit more salt to the crust. I also added a touch of cinnamon and vanilla pod instead of vanilla extract to the filling. I finished with pulsing 1/4c macadamia nuts and 1/4c fine coconut with the reserved 1c of crust before layering on as crumble. Thanks for the great recipe!

Cheryl Merritt

These are by far my favourite sweet. My husband and I paddle competitively, we will be including these in our race food 🙂 For anyone interested if you cut these into 12 squares, one square is 275 calories

Pat

These were really good. Thanks for the great recipee. I will be making these again.

Brie

I bought dates from Costco and wanted a grain free recipe to use them up – this was perfect! These are gooey and decadent and the salt is the perfect balance to make them really hit the spot. These took no time to make and I didn’t change anything about the recipe. Delicious!

Alyssa DeAngelis

I am obsessed with these date squares they are delicious!!! My family loves them too!!

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