Aside from devouring these date squares at a holiday party, I take absolutely NO credit for this delicious recipe. I didn’t post the recipe over the holidays because I wanted to avoid having them labelled as an unhealthy treat – with only nuts and dried fruit as ingredients, they are more homemade energy square than dessert! You won’t even miss the calorie-laden shortbread crust – I promise! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, but will appeal to everyone. For those with a nut allergy, you can easily substitute a seed blend for the walnut.
Thanks to Kathryn Wytsma, MKin, CSEP-CEP, a certified exercise physiologist with the University of Calgary, for sharing this healthy twist on a sweet favourite.
Date Nut Squares*
- 2 cups raisins
- 2 cups walnut pieces
- 1.5 cups dates, pitted
- ½ lemon, juiced – about 2 tbsp
- In a food processor, combine raisins and walnuts; blend until well-combined and moist, but still crumbly. Remove mixture from the food processor and mold onto into a container or dish.
- Reuse the food processor and combine dates and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. If dates are dry and tough, pre-soak the dates in warm water for an hour. Spread the topping over raisin-nut base.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or more until firm. Cut into desired square size (the bigger the better!!!) and enjoy.
* based on recipe from Alissa Cohen’s book “Living on Live Food”