Date Crumble Squares

Growing up, one of my favorite desserts was date bars because they remind me of Fig Newtons. I even went through a period where I was making them repeatedly in high school. Then I went on a ten year hiatus until I bought a gluten free date bar at the co-op near our house. It was total heaven in my mouth, so I thought why not try to attempt a grain free and nut free version at home. I must admit that I borrowed the crust (with minor modifications) from the “Pear-Caramel Pie” recipe in the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott. However, I made the date filling from scratch. Overall, these bars taste exactly like the ones I buy from the co-op, but I am pretty sure my version has a lower sugar content because the number one ingredient on their packaging is organic cane sugar. 

Date Crumble Squares
If you love fig newtons, you should know that these date squares taste similar and make for a scrumptious desserts. These little babies are also allergy friendly with being dairy free, nut free and grain free. Plus, they have a lower sugar content through the use of dates and raisins as the primary sweetener.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
Crust/Crumble
  1. 1 C Coconut Flour
  2. 1 C Arrowroot Powder
  3. 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  4. 1/4 C Coconut Oil, melted
  5. 1/2 C Water
  6. 1/2 tsp Salt
  7. 1/3 C Coconut Palm Sugar (used for crumble)
Date Filling
  1. 2 tbsp Coconut Flour
  2. 2 C Dates, pitted
  3. 1 C Raisins
  4. 4 tbsp Sunflower Butter
  5. 3 tbsp Tahini Butter
  6. 1/4 C Maple Syrup
  7. 1 tsp Salt
  8. 1/3 C Water
Directions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together ingredients (except for coconut palm sugar) for crust until crumbly dough forms. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for the crumble.
  3. Press the remaining dough into an 8x8 metal pan.
Date Filling
  1. Place ingredients into a blender. Mix on high until a smooth filling is formed.
  2. Spread this filling on top of the unbaked crust.
Crumble
  1. Add the coconut palm sugar to the remaining dough and sprinkle on top of the date filling.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool completely before servings.
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