Date & apple squares

Date & apple squares

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(43 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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16th Dec, 2013
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.
6th Dec, 2013
oops, meant 5 stars.
6th Dec, 2013
Yummy! Used half the sugar and less butter as suggested and used raisins as had no dates, turned out really well. Good job team :)
18th Nov, 2013
Delicious! Took these into work and had people asking for the recipe. As others have said the mixture was a bit wet but it works - I left them overnight before cutting them into squares which seemed to help as they still looked a bit sloppy when they came out the oven. Will definitely be making these again!
10th Nov, 2013
These were very tasty. I cut down on the sugar as recommended and put a dessert spoonful into the apple and date mixture and 110g into the oat mix, which seemed to work.
19th Oct, 2013
These are lovely, very easy to make. Mixture is quite wet, but it's not at all greasy when it's cooked. I cut it into 12 bits too, which were about the right size as it is quite sweet
17th Oct, 2013
These are super sweet but a good tray bake option. I reduced the amount of sugar and added in some golden syrup to make them really chewy. Mmmm mmm
6th Oct, 2013
Haven't sampled them yet but they look delicious! I used half the amount of sugar and will reduce the fat as well next time since the oaty-mixture was swimming in grease. I cut it into 12 pieces.
31st Mar, 2013
forgot the stars so here it goes again
31st Mar, 2013
They were so good, but yes, very sweet. Half the sugar would have been just right. I doubled the amount and it bake in the same time. Very good for pot luck Easter Lunch.


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