I don’t really care for date squares myself, but I wanted to see if I could lighten up the traditional date square recipe, and cut out the sugar. These turned out to be lovely – very light and fruity and sweet enough to satisfy the worst sweet tooth – Me!! I named them Moroccan Date and lime squares because my hubby said they reminded him of the taste of Morocco. To me they just taste good!
Moroccan Date and Lime Squares – makes 25 squares, 119 calories each
500g package of pressed dates (these are a great time saver because they’re pitted and mashed for you)
1 bosc pear (the softer and mushier the better), peeled and chopped finely
1 c water
juice and zest of one large or two small limes
1/3 c coconut oil (a very healthy oil, despite its appearance as a solid fat)
1/3 c honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 t cinnamon
1 c wholegrain flour – I used spelt but whole wheat or brown rice flour would work too
1 3/4 c rolled oats – don’t use the quick oats, you really need the large flake oats
Put the dates, water and chopped pear into a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the pear is almost dissolved.
Add the lime juice and zest.
Meanwhile, mash the coconut oil with the honey in a large mixing bowl. Add the cinnamon, salt and flour and mix well. Then add the oats and incorporate everything very well. You might need to use your hands to get an even mix.
Press 2/3 of this mixture into the bottom of a 9″ cake pan.
Add the cooked date, pear and lime mixture on top, spreading it evenly.
Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the date mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let cool completely, then refrigerate before cutting into 25 squares.