Raspberry Date Squares
Here's a guilt free way to start your day, or a midday snack or an after dinner dessert. The raspberry jam sweetens up the dates with less sugar.
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 cup raspberry jam seedless
- 1 cup water
- 12 oz. diced, pitted dates
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Mix the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, and brown sugar together until all lumps are gone. Cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter until blended and crumbly.
Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9" by 9" square bake pan.
Add a cup of raspberry jam to the pan and spread evenly over the base. This may be a little sticky, but just spread it out as evenly as possible.
In a medium saucepan mix together the dates, water, and, brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spread the date mixture evenly over the raspberry jam.
Lightly pat the remaining rolled oats mixture over the dates and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven and let cool for an hour before cutting.
Did you know: Because the tree and its fruit have so many uses, from food to building materials, the date palm is known as the tree of life in the Middle East, and it’s the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Lucky for us, they are grown in California too.
(recipe adapted from allrecipes.com)