Alice’s Date Squares

This recipe is a Veganized variation of my mom’s (Alice’s) gorgeous date squares.

2 cups pitted, chopped dates

1tbsp brown sugar

1 cup water

.25 tsp lemon juice

1 cup all-purpose flour (or wheat flour if you prefer)

.5 tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

1 cup vegan margarine

1 cup unpacked brown sugar

2 cups quick oats

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  In a saucepan, combine dates,  1 tbsp brown sugar, water and lemon juice.  Bring this to a boil and cook for approx. 5 minutes (or until the dates are tender enough to be crushed with a fork).  Set this aside to cool.

In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix in margarine, remaining brown sugar, quick oats and knead until combined.

Press half of the dough into a greased 8X8″ pan and cover this with the cooled date mixture.  Top with the remaining dough and press this all down.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool and cut into squares.

*This makes about 15 squares.

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