My Mom was in last week, and with her broken wrist, she is a little limited to what she can do - especially in the kitchen. One of my projects last week was Gluten Free Date Squares. She used to love the "regular" date squares when she could eat gluten, and haven't had any since.
As a side note - this recipe has pure oats - most celiacs can tolerate a small amount of pure oats - so I gave her a warning not to eat the ENTIRE tray at one time.
These were actually pretty simple to make and they turned out to be awesome! They stayed together when I cut them out of the pan and tasted great (my Dad who is not GF also tried to sneak a couple).
I used Bob's Red Mill Pure Oats that I purchased at Sobeys.
2 cups of dates (pitted)
1 cup of water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour - I used Kinnikinnick all purpose
1.5 cups of pure oats
1/2 baking powder
1.25 cups of brown sugar
1. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
2. Line an 8X8 pan with non-stick foil (I used Alcan Slide)
3. Chop the dates and boil them in the water until they are a paste (takes about 5-10 minutes)
4. Mix together flour, oats, baking powder and sugar in a separate bowl.
5. Add softened butter to dry mixture with a fork or pastry cutter to make the crust mixture
6. Add 1/2 the crust mixture to the pan and press firmly to make the base
7. Pour the date mixture on top and spread evenly
8. Add the remaining crust and slightly pack down
9. Bake for 25 minutes - I left mine in for an extra 5 minutes to brown the top.
Let cool adequately before cutting