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Date squares in a bowl

December 1, 2010

I read about a dessert dipping sauce from Abby’s Table, A Portland, Oregon company outlined here by Heather eats almond butter. Since reading Heather’s blog, I haven’t been able to get this sauce out of my head and I’m sure that one of the reasons is the old,  you want most what you can’t have. Actually I could have it if I wanted to pay $6 for the bottle and $26 for shipping (which sadly I learned last week mailing a birthday gift to my dad).

I loved the combination of dates and cashew butter!   Now the question is, how to combine the two?

Date squares are by far my  favorite dessert in the universe!     Growing up, my mom made the best ones in town (but only at Christmas thankfully) and now my dad expects a batch when I visit him (that batch being my mother’s recipe:)).    So now, I could just go and whip up a batch but Steve doesn’t like them (freak!) and either do the the teenagers (all freaks!) and honestly even though I bake up a storm, I mostly try to avoid desserts besides a bit of taste testing for quality control  It would just be punishing to have them here calling my name.   Instead I’ve come up with a much healthier alternative.

Date squares in a bowl

Simmer 1/3 cup of oat bran in 1 1/2 cups water until thickened and add 2 packets of stevia

Meanwhile in a deep microwave dish cook down 5 dates with 1/4 cup water until you can mash it into a paste with a fork and then add 1 tbsp cashew butter (or any nutbutter)

toast 1/4 cup of large oats until lightly brown

Now assemble your date squares by sprinkling 3 tablespoons of the toasted oats onto the bottom of a bowl. Add half of the oat bran on top and then spread all of your date mixture over that.  Next, add the rest of the oat bran and then sprinkle the top with remaining toasted oats.

Forgive the ugliness of this picture!   Had I let it cool and put it in a nice see through glass bowl, you’d get the full picture, but please don’t judge a recipe by its photographer cause she was hungry.    This was sooo good!  I hereby declare it, my most favorite way to eat oats.

Perfect today after a 4 km run, 10 minute bike ride and back routine.

Thanks Heather! and although reading your blog gives me nut buttter envy, I love the ideas they generate.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 4:29 am

    Thanks Heather? No no, than you Michelle! So excited to try this as I love date squares. Not I just need to buy some dates…and cashew butter. Yum – can’t wait.
    P.S. Yes, your husband and teenagers are crazy freaks. ;)

  2. December 1, 2010 4:08 pm

    Let me know how it goes Heather. Hopefully you’ll have more patience to ‘pretty it up’ than I did. I think almond butter would be just as good if not better as well. Enjoy!

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