5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Date Squares

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This weekend we were packing to go away to our friend’s place and I almost forgot that I promised I’d bring something sweet for our potluck breakfast.

What’s a girl to do when she only has minutes to spare?

And what the heck do I bring for a potluck breakfast that would last for a 3 hour car trip and overnight?

And also please the non-vegan crowd?

Clearly, vegan overnight oats would have worked (for me!) but I’m not so sure everyone else would be down with my craziness. I wanted to avoid that awkward moment of silence as I try to explain to them why I packed a Tupperware full of mushy oats. No one wants an awkward potluck breakfast. Certainly not me.

So I stuck to my plan and I made something sweet that would be the perfect fit for a breakfast…

5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Dates Squares!

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In a moment of total clarity, I remembered these Raw Vegan Date Squares that I spotted from Karen. They seemed like the perfect treat that I could whip up in minutes, no oven required.  I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t turn out, but I was soooooo happy with the outcome!

I’m not sure if I will ever go back to ‘normal’ date squares after trying this simple version. I loved them, my friends loved them, and there wasn’t a crumb to be found after breakfast. I’d say they went off pretty well!

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5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Date Squares

Adapted from KB Blissologist.

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Crust:

  • 1.5 cups whole raw almonds
  • 1.5 cups regular oats (for Gluten-free, use GF oats)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

 

Date filling:

  • 25 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (~2.5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup water

 

Directions:

1. Line a square pan (I used 8in x 8 in) with two pieces of parchment paper going opposite ways. In a food processor, process the almond, salt, and oats until a fine crumble forms. Now add in the dates and process until crumbly again. Melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture and process until sticky. You can add a tiny bit more oil if the dough is too dry. I didn’t need to though! Remove from processor, set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for later, and press the rest of the mixture very firmly and evenly into the pan.

2. Grab your pitted and roughly chopped dates and water and process in the food processor until a paste forms. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl often. You can add a tiny bit more water if needed, but you want the paste quite thick. Scoop out the date mixture onto the crust and gently spread with the back of a wet spatula until even.

3. Sprinkle on the 3/4 cup of mixture you set aside and gently press down with fingers. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Cut into squares and serve. Store in the fridge or freezer.

 

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I am happy to report that these were enjoyed by all and there were no awkward moments during the potluck. Love that.

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Have a great Monday!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 28, 2011

These look beautiful Ange! I bet they disappeared pretty quickly. I’d be happy to have you at any potluck because I’m sure whatever comes out of your kitchen is always delicious! I hope you have a great Monday too. :)

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Leslie Paquette March 28, 2011

I know what I’ll be making after work, yum!! Those look delicious.

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Katty Lea March 28, 2011

Date squares! The world’s best food!

There was this one time that I ordered a date square in a cafe with some friends, and found out that apparently my love of date squares puts my tastes in line with an 80 year old. Even the barista decided to weigh in. These people, i’lltellyouwhat.

This is my go-to “baked good” and I’m so happy to have this recipe on hand :)
Thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

Well you are in good company because I’ve loved them since I was a child! :)

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) March 28, 2011

AHHH I absolutely LOVE these!!! saving it NOW!!!!!

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Jackie @ Baking Charms March 28, 2011

Wow – these look fantastic! I love when you do no-bake recipes :) Makes everything seem so much easier.

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jessica @ how sweet March 28, 2011

I don’t even love dates and these look delicious!

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Jody March 28, 2011

Thank you for this recipe. I’ve been looking to find a great date square recipe, because who doesn’t love date squares?
Do you use flake oats, or oat groats soaked?
Can’t wait to try.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

I use the regular flakes :)

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Ashley March 28, 2011

Super fun breakfast!! I don’t know who wouldn’t like these. :)

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner March 28, 2011

These look excellent, and super easy! I’m definitely going to bookmark this recipe for a pot-luck-they would work even if it wasn’t breakfast!

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Anna March 28, 2011

I laughed at the ‘tupperware of mushy oats’ bit. I know the feeling! I still don’t dare make a green monster when there’s anyone else in the house :P. I might be evicted for extreme weirdness. But these date squares look gorgeous!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

haha ‘evicted for extreme weirdness’ ;)

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saffity March 28, 2011

These look amazing! I love date squares and will definitely have to give these a try. Your pictures are beautiful as always!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 28, 2011

Those not only sound SO good, they look absolutely beautiful!!! :)

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Julie @ Shining From Within March 28, 2011

Im SOOO making these :) I have a hugh-jass tub of dates that need to be used up…perfectoo!

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious March 28, 2011

I love quick, no-bake recipes. Especially as we head into warmer weather! These look fantastic!

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh March 28, 2011

haha I love that you said there were no awkward moments :) Trust me, I would gobble those up for you in a second!!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg March 28, 2011

These look delicious — I love date bars and these are so simple!

Yeah I don’t know how VOO would have been received — although if you made everyone a parfait I’m sure they’d be a big hit!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

hehe yea VOO on its own doesn’t look so hot!

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Emily March 28, 2011

Those look beautiful, I can’t believe how relatively simple they were! :)

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CathyK March 28, 2011

glad you got away for the weekend, ang! i’m laughing picturing expectant breakfast eaters…greeted by a bowl of oats!!
i LOVE date squares…and these are so easy, with 5 ingredients! thanks for the recipe!
enjoy this sunny monday!

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starla garcia March 28, 2011

im not a big date fan, so what other fruits do u think i could use? dried cranberies or apricots?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

hmmm I’m not sure…I don’t know if other dried fruits would process like dates do in the food processor! Anyone know?

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Baking 'n' Books March 28, 2011

Apricot? Prunes? ;)

These look amazing – I’m so excited – Date Squares were my favorite when I was growing up. Of course, my mom made them with loads of butter :)

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Katie March 28, 2011

I just made an apricot paste made out of dried apricots (soaked in water first) for a recipe. They seemed to process somewhat similar to dates in the food processor. I’m not sure how they would set up though.

Dates are my favorite though. Thanks for the great recipe Angela!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

good to know, thanks!

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Sarah April 4, 2011

I know raisins do, so I would think dried cranberries would. I’m not sure about other fruit.

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 28, 2011

These look FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! I have tons of dates and almonds on hand! I just need some oats! =)

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa March 28, 2011

Wow – I am craving these already!

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Mimi March 28, 2011

Looks delicious, as per usual! Any suggestions for an oil to swap for coconut?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

I would guess that most oils would work, although the coconut oil does help the base firm up when it chills. :)

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Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 28, 2011

These look delish! I wonder if you could use other fruits like dried apricots or cherries?

Saving this recipe now!

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kate@ahealthypassion March 28, 2011

I LOVE date bars but sometimes they can be a little dry and crumbly, yours look amazing I cannot wait to try them out :)

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Hannah March 28, 2011

Ahh these look so yummy! I have a mini food processor that I must use this summer to make these! Dates are so yummy–For convenience, I bought a container of oat flour covered date pieces from Whole Foods. They are very good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

Wow those sounds awesome! Great for pre-workout fuel too I imagine

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 28, 2011

I LOVE dates and am never quite sure how to use them except snacking on stuffed with almond butter. ;) Fabulous recipe and I’m sure they will be a hit!

Haha, well you’d definitely be the one who’d be able to convert the whole crowd to overnight oats as long as they were willing to give it a try! :)

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Lesley Lifting Life March 28, 2011

Those look awesome, and with just a few ingredients … love it!

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Kiersten March 28, 2011

If I didn’t just polish off our bag of dates this morning I would have made these this afternoon. I have a feeling that when I do make them, I’ll polish these off too. I’m obsessed with dates lately.

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Bronwyn March 28, 2011

Looks absolutely delicious. Adding this to my “Must make” list.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 28, 2011

These look amazing. Your bars look like something I’d get at a nice bakery.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

aww thanks!

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Rebecca March 28, 2011

These look delic! I’ve recently discovered coconut oil and it’s actually changed my life! haha Makes everything taste better! (Just made vegan coconut lemon pistachio cupcakes last night, definitely an ohsheglows-friendly recipe you’d love!) But seriously, love your site, your attitude towards life and your recipes (keeping me well-fed here in Paris :) Merci beaucoup!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

Thanks Rebecca, I’ll have to check those out!

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life March 28, 2011

Thanks for this! I have a GIANT tub of dates from Costco that are just begging to be used! :)

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 28, 2011

These look lovely!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 28, 2011

These are so pretty! I love how dense they look!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy March 28, 2011

You had me at “5 ingredient” and “no bake!” And after seeing the photos – I must make these, they look so delicious!! :)

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 28, 2011

Why are your recipes/photographs always so gorgeous?! I love the sound of anything “no bake”, especially as a student!:)

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Carolyn H. March 28, 2011

Do you have nutritional information on these? All those dates… hello sugar!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 28, 2011

I don’t, but I imagine they are VERY high in sugar from the dates. To be enjoyed in moderation of course :)

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Carolyn H. March 28, 2011

That’s why I don’t make dessert/sweet snack recipes often. I’m not good at the moderation thing. ;)

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Sharon March 28, 2011

These look delicious! I LOVE mejool dates. Sadly, last time I had them in the house I was also training for a marathon and lets just say dates and running don’t really mix. 6 bathroom stops later I vowed not to keep them in the house anymore. It was a very sad day :(.

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Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 28, 2011

Wow, the presentation is wonderful. I need to pick up some almonds for this…

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Heather March 28, 2011

those lookd elicious and easy, and your photographs came out awesome as usual!

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