Happy Holidays everyone!
I trust the season has been splendid for you all and everyone is enjoying cuddling up during the cold nights and baking during the snowy days… Well at least that’s what I’ve been doing.
For a potluck I went to yesterday, I brought these Healthy Homemade Vegan Date Squares. There were a big hit, and on top of that, they only contain 6 ingredients! So you now have no excuse to not be healthy during the holidays.
Healthy Homemade Vegan Date Squares
- 35 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1.5 cups whole almonds
- 1.5 + 0.5 cups quick oats or gluten free oats (divided)
- 3 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 0.5 cup shredded coconut
- 0.25 + additional 0.25-0.5 cup of water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use 1 tsp of melted coconut oil to butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan, and set aside.
- In a food processor or high speed blender, combine almonds, 1.5 cups oats and salt until ground into a fine powder.
- If you are using a food processor, introduce 15 dates and 3 tbsp of coconut oil to the powder mixture until clumps of dough form. Remove the dough from your food processor and place into a large mixing bowl. Now introduce the remainder of your dates (20 dates) and 1/4 cup of water to your food processor. Blend until a paste is formed. Reserve this paste for step 6.
- If you are using a high speed blender, remove crumb mixture and place in a large mixing bowl. Add all 35 dates, 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of water to your blender and blend until a date paste is formed. Remove 1/4 of the date mixture and mix it with your crumb mixture to form clumps of dough. The additional 3/4 of the date paste will be used in step 6.
- If in either case (using a food processor or high speed blender), if your dough is too crumbly, add more water (1 tbsp at a time) and if your mixture is too moist, add an additional 1/2 cup of oats to the mixture. * Combine either water or additional oats by hand regardless of whether you used a food processor or high speed blender.
- Press dough mixture into your baking pan so that the mixture is approximately 1/2 – 1 inch thick.
- Using a spatula, evenly spread date past on top of dough mixture. Sprinkle coconut on top of date paste then lightly press coconut into the date paste.
- Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until coconut has been lightly toasted and your dough has hardened around the edges of the pan.
- Remove squares from the over. Let cool for 1-2 hours. Cut into squares and serve!