Date & apple squares

Date & apple squares

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(54 ratings)

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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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23rd May, 2020
Totally delicious - slightly crisp on the top with a soft, gooey centre. I took note of previous comments: used a jar of apple sauce and didn't add any sugar to the fruit mix; reduced the sugar (I only had dark brown, so used this) to 160g; used 200g butter; and added cinnamon to the dry mix.
11th Apr, 2020
I do wish these recipes were checked before uploading, it’s so helpful reading through the comments before baking and potentially wasting ingredients. I reduced sugar and butter to 180g each and used a jar of apple sauce. Once cooled in the tin I let it chill and firm up in the fridge and it was delicious. Thank you to all those that commented previously!
15th Apr, 2020
15/4/20 made with total 100g sugar still sweet but not as gooey.
29th Mar, 2020
These were delicious. After reading the comments I cut down to 175g sugar, plus a tablespoon of sugar in the apple date mix and 175g butter. The sugar was plenty but I think it could take a little more butter and it was quite crumbly. I also only had a little bit of soft brown sugar left so substituted with half dark brown soft sugar and half golden caster sugar.
29th Mar, 2020
This is the second time I've made this, the first time followed the recipe and it was absolutely delish , this time I did not add sugar to the fruit, cut the butter to 200g and the sugar to 140g, and added 50g extra oats and it was........ALSO DELICIOUS
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18th Jan, 2020
I’ve made this Vegan by using vegan margarine instead of using butter. It was perfect.
7th Jan, 2020
These are gorgeous but as per the other comments you can most definitely cut down on the butter and sugar (I used 180g butter, and put 50g sugar with the date & apple mix and between 75g and 100g in with the rest). Not having an 18cm square tray, I used my largest loaf pan and that worked really well. I took 5 minutes off the baking time too. The reduction in butter may make the top & base a little crumblier but it certainly tasted brilliant!
21st Aug, 2019
This was really nice. Very easy to do. I reduced the sugar and fat as suggested in lots of the comments - I think it could go down further apart from the lack of bulk. I shall be making these again.
27th May, 2019
I used 100g sugar for the dry mix only and 120 g butter. Absolutely delicious. Will play around with cinnamon next time and subbing with some olive oil instead of all butter and maybe seeds would be a good addition too...
19th Feb, 2019
Delicious! Made these for the staffroom at work and I keep getting asked when am I going to make them again! I used apple sauce instead of apples, as a cheat ingredient. I also made them vegan by using dairy-free spread in place of the butter.


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4th May, 2020
Help! I followed the recipe and used vegan flora for the butter and a mix of soft brown sugars and it came out so greasy on the bottom anyone else have this problem or know why? Other than that they are easy to make and very sweet.
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5th May, 2020
Hello, You can cut the amount of fat in the recipe by 50g and that should help. Please let us know how you get on. Thank you
30th Jul, 2018
I have made this quite a lot of times now, always, following comments here, using 175g only of butter and 100g only of sugar (all the sugar in the oat mixture and none in the date mixture). It really is absolutely delicious! I often make it to give away on a street stall I'm involved with, and, when people are choosing a cake, some ask if any of those on offer are gluten-free. I have, of course, to say that these are not. My question is this: has anyone found a way of making something very like this but gluten-free?
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3rd Aug, 2018
Thanks for your question.You can simply swap the plain flour for gluten-free, and make sure you buy gluten-free porridge oats. Gluten-free flour can sometimes make bakes a little drier so we'd recommend using the full amount of butter.
13th Aug, 2018
Thank you so much for this. I will give it a try - and try to remember to report back!
24th Oct, 2014
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!
24th Oct, 2014
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.
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