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.