If baking isn't your cup of tea, you can still enjoy homemade treats without much hassle or even turning the oven on. There are many simple no-bake sweets, that you can make in a flash. Like these delicious vegan date squares that take less than 10 minutes to make and only 5 ingredients, (plus a little water). These layered delights have a delicious, sticky crust made from processed almonds, oats and dates, and it's topped with a creamy date spread that will draw a smile at the first bite. Warning: the softer the dates you use, the sweeter and more indulgent they are, so we recommend using Medjool dates and pairing the squares with a nice cup of Joe, or bitter green tea.
1 . Gather the ingredients
For the crust:
- 4 tbsp of almonds
- 5 tbsp of oats (for gluten-free, use GF oats)
- 1 tsp of marine salt
- 10 Medjool dates
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
For the top layer:
- 5 Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup of water
2. Process elements for the crust
Process the almonds, oats and salt until a fine crumble forms.
3. Finish the crust
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and add to the mix, along with pitted, roughly chopped dates. Process until sticky and add more oil if it’s too dry. Remove from the processor and set aside.
4. Sparse the crust
Line parchment paper on a tray or the table and press the mixture very firmly and as even as you can using your fingers.
5. Make the squares
Fold the parchment paper into a square shape (with the crust inside) and knead gently on top of the paper until the crust reaches the edges of the square inside. Then gently remove the square crust and place it on a plate.
6. Top it off
To make the dates jam process (unpeeled if possible) pitted dates with a bit of water. Spread the jam on the crust, eat immediately or refrigerate until firm for at least 1 hour, if you can wait that long!
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