You are viewing Allergic Living United States | Switch to Canada
Allergies, Asthma & Gluten-free

SIGN UP For Our Free e-Newsletter

Click To See Past Newsletters
Allergy Safe Recipes

Gluten-Free Date Squares

Date Squares cropMakes 12 squares

Free of: Gluten and top allergens. Dates contain sulfites.

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups (475 mL) pitted dates
  • 3⁄4 cup (180 mL) water
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Crumb Layer Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) rice flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) rolled Gluten-Free oats (large).
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) allergy-safe vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine dates and water in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook on medium 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a paste forms. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest and juice. Set aside.
  3. For crumb layer: combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt in mixing bowl. Melt butter or shortening and brown sugar in a small saucepan on low heat. Pour into flour mixture and add vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Place two-thirds of crumb mixture into pan and press in lightly. Add date filling and top with remaining crumb mix.
  5. Bake 20–25 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool. Cut into 12 squares. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

For traditional recipe, click here. Recipe by Simon Clarke, Food photography by Chris Gonzaga.

First published in Allergic Living magazine. To subscribe, click here

more recipes like this
back to previous page
Close Close Free E-Letters From Allergic Living Free E-Letters From Allergic LivingFree E-Letters From Allergic Living