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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15th Jan, 2017
I'm sure they would
1st Dec, 2015
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
15th Nov, 2015
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.
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20th Oct, 2015
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.
16th Oct, 2015
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!!!!
28th Sep, 2015
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.
15th Jul, 2015
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!
28th Jun, 2015
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?!
9th May, 2015
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!
18th Feb, 2015
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.


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