Date & apple squares

Date & apple squares

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins


Makes 8
A chewy, oaty tray bake with sticky dates and apples - bound to be a big hit.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal513
  • fat24g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre4g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 225g butter, plus a little extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 140g stoned date, chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 280g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g porridge oat


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease an 18cm square tin and line with baking parchment.

  2. Tip the apples into a pan with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 5 mins until tender and slightly pulpy. Add the dates and 50g of the sugar, and cook for a further 5 mins. Take off the heat and break the apples down with the back of a spoon until smooth and well mixed with the dates. Set aside.

  3. Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix the flour, bicarb, oats and remaining sugar in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and stir well until oats are coated.

  4. Press half the mixture firmly into the tin, spread the apple mix on top and smooth over. Cover with the remaining oat mixture and press down. Bake for 30-35 mins until golden and firm. Cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

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Comments (35)

woodie1234's picture

These date and apple squares are delicious. I don't think they are too sweet, they are supposed to have quite a lot of sweetness! I have just made my second batch, first lot went within 2 days, between 3 of us!
You don't need to add less sugar, they are perfect as they are. When they come out of the oven the top is very soft, it does harden and when cool, is a beautiful slightly crisp topping with the soft squidgy inside!! Yum!

missflops's picture

These are seriously delicious. Took the advice of others and reduced the quantity of sugar and butter. They also freeze beautifully, which is handy as it wouldn't be difficult to eat a whole batch in one go!!!

shannx123's picture

Does anybody think these would work well with Banana and peanut butter?

woodie1234's picture

I'm sure they would

nmaslin's picture

oh my lord these are so good, made them for my godparents and had to have a sneaky try. Definitely making these again and I'm not even keen on dates

mrsh1985's picture

These are delicious! They are very sweet though - possibly a bit too much sugar. Also just make sure you halve the porridge oat mixture carefully as I was worried for a time that I wouldn't have enough left to cover the top. It was one of those recipes that, as you're doing it, you think is going to be a disaster. But stick with it.

KochinVeronica's picture

I made a double portion with 220 g of brown sugar and 240 g of butter. It tastes really good, but still a bit too sweet. Next time I will reduce the amount of added sugar even more, since the dates have quite enough sugar on their own. For the upper layer I would add some more butter or canola oil, to make it more moist.

Petawilson's picture

I only read the comments once I'd put it in the oven and was devastated! But there was nowt to worry about because they were totes delish. Not too sugary, not too buttery, not soggy, just totes amaze. And two of my five a day!!!!

suejackson56's picture

120gms each of butter & sugar makes these delicious. Dates are very sweet so I think there must be a quantities error in the original recipe.

pocketlucy's picture

I also followed everyone's suggestions and used 180g butter and 200g sugar; agree that it would have been waaaay too much butter and sugar otherwise! I couldn't really make my apples smooth by pressing down with a spoon so just left them chunky, and turned out just great. Very nice warm!

sarahkdouglas's picture

Really tasty if you reduce the butter and sugar as everyone says (180g butter and 200g sugar works well). Very easy to make, and delish as a pudding with cream/ice cream, or left to firm up and eat cold the next day. They're like a cross between a chewy flapjack and apple crumble. What's not to like about that?!

langleg's picture

Far too much butter and sugar - wish I had looked at comments first! I ended up putting a lot in the bin - what a shame, can't believe these are the correct quantities!

StaceyVicWalker's picture

These were amazing!! I also used 180g butter and 200g sugar and added mixed spice/cinnamon to the apple and date mixture. Apparently the only thing missing was a wrapper to package them up and sell to shops hehe. Anyway, went down a storm and have had requests for more since! Easy and delicious.

christabel's picture

Just delicious! Was really good warm and even cold on the next day. Used less butter as suggested by others and only 100g sugar in the oats mix. Will be making it again soon!

rosemary Jacquet's picture

I followed the comments and used 180g butter and 200g sugar. But I didn't read the recipe, just made them like flapjacks. I melted the butter and sugar, then mixed it all together with out first cooking the apples and dates. Result, delicious has anybody else tried it? Rosie

colite1990's picture

I'm glad I read the comments before making this as I decided to try it with 180g butter and 200g light brown sugar and it turned out really well! It was great hot out of the oven and would have been good with custard as it's quite similar to apple crumble!

I then left it in the fridge overnight and it was perfect for taking into work to eat cold as a snack as it had solidified by then. Very tasty and moreish, will definitely make this again!

1Nannyjane's picture

Wish I'd read the comments before making this! Couldn't believe how sloppy this was when I took it out of the oven. I noticed that some people said it solidified overnight but having seen all that butter liquified in the tray I wouldn't have fancied eating it so put it straight in the bin. What a waste of ingredients! I also noticed that it rose quite a lot too.

Jen Connolly's picture

I agree with most others; delicious, but too much butter. Next time I will use half, and try some olive oil as well to make up to three quarters total fat. Olive works as well as butter in flapjacks, I've found.

Ki's picture

Made these squares twice now in the last week, and I've only managed to have one slice! They just get eaten too quickly. I found that leaving the apples and dates chunky works well, and that with all the butter, the flapjack part can be a bit greasy, but when I used 180g it was fine.

beanielulu's picture

oops, meant 5 stars.


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colite1990's picture

Try this recipe with 180g butter and 200g light brown sugar. I found this to be the perfect amount for the right taste and texture!

colite1990's picture

Try this recipe with 180g butter and 200g light brown sugar. I found this to be the perfect amount for the right taste and texture.