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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9th Feb, 2015
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
18th Jan, 2015
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
24th Oct, 2014
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!
7th Apr, 2014
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
18th Dec, 2013
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.
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.


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