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No-Bake Date Squares & Giveaway for 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks

In Book Review, Desserts on December 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM


No-Bake Date Squares & Giveaway for 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks

Date squares have a long tradition in our family. I shared our recipe, modified slightly as a Cranberry-Date Square, shortly after I began blogging. (One of my first missions was to preserve our favourite family recipes). Even to this day, my brother still requests this. Just last month, when I heard he was hoarding the date squares, I thought out loud to my mom: “Wait, that should be really easy to veganize. No, really.”

Sure enough, while reading through Emily’s latest cookbook, 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks, I just knew I had to try out her no-bake date squares. With only 5 ingredients, and no oven, she has recreated a fabulous spin on the classic date squares. Rolled oats and buttery pecans substitute for the traditional butter and white flour. Dates sweeten and help towards the architecture of the snack with a touch of coconut oil adding in for texture and stability. I was impressed that the date layer was so smooth and luscious. I think I may try adding in a touch of lemon juice next time (like our original recipe) to see if that helps to balance the sweetness. While not traditional, I also wonder whether a touch of cinnamon would work nicely. In any case, Emily’s rendition was spot on and encourage you to try it out.

No-Bake Date Squares & Giveaway for 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks

Her “Dare to Date Squares” comes from her cookbook which also has 99 other recipes for juices, smoothies, mylks and snacks (which she calls energy bars & healthy snacks). It, however, is not a raw cookbook although it is entirely vegan. As an example, she includes creative savoury soups with cooked vegetables as spicy carrot smoothie with bell peppers and creamy onion and potato smoothie. It would be best to have a juicer for the juice section although the smoothies simply require a blender. Personally, I was drawn to her snack chapter, which I wish was a bit longer. Considering her success of her first dessert cookbook (I shared her tahini cups with a sweet coffee-infused filling previously), I can see how she may not have wanted to pursue that direction in as much detail. Her photos are gorgeous (see top photo) and her easy-going nature encourages you to try new recipes. My only gripe were some missing details, like the size of pan to use in a recipe. However, most recipes are so simple you just need the ingredient list.

No-Bake Date Squares

Emily’s recipes from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks spotted elsewhere:

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Berrylicious Smoothie

Chocolate Mylk

Dark Chocolate, Oat, Hemp Cookies

Green Earth Orbs

Kale Craver

Spiced Mylk

Sweet Sunshine Juice

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in the United States or Canada. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me about your favourite beverage. The winner will be selected at random on December 12, 2014. Good luck!

I am sharing this with this week’s Virtual Vegan Linky and What’s With my Cuppa.

Dare to Date Squares
Reprinted, with permission, from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup pecans
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 cup water, as needed

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pecans
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch Himalayan salt

1. To make the base, process the oats and pecans into a flour in a food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients and process until it begins to stick together. (Janet’s note: If your dates are on the dry side, you may need to add some water, a tbsp at a time until it comes together). Press into the bottom of a lined baking pan (Janet’s note: my pan was 9″x9″) and put it in the fridge.

2. To make the middle, put all the ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth, adding water as needed in 1 tablespoon (15 mL) amounts to make it creamy, but keeping it thick enough so that it holds its shape. Spread evenly onto your base and put back in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

3. To make the topping, pulse all the ingredients in your food processor until they become a crumble-like consistency. Sprinkle evenly on top of the middle layer and press down lightly. Let the recipedessert sit in the fridge overnight so it can set and develop more flavour. Slice and enjoy!

Makes 16 squares.

  1. I’m gonna make these for my dad today! Perhaps keep a few for me too!!
    My favorite juice to make involves juicing 1 granny smith apple, cucumber, ginger, celery, beet. After juicing I put some apple cider vinegar in it and yum!
    Looking forward to your new book…fingers crossed for the contest:))

  2. This recipes looks great; thanks for posting. If this is the measure of her cookbook, she should sell a lot of copies!
    This time of year my boys like me to make hot chocolate (carob, actually, but ‘hot carob’ isn’t as traditional to say). Make a nice, rich plant milk, adding a ripe banana for creaminess & sweetening. A bit of carob or cocoa powder, dates to taste for added sweetness, and let the VitaMix process until it’s steamy hot. What’s not to love?

  3. Ohhh…thanks for that wonderful giveaway et date square recipe. I LOVE date square, so I’ll try this version for sure. Yum…!!!

    This book seems really interesting. I make fresh juice and smoothies on a regular basis so it will be great to have other idea…plus snack idea too. Now, my favorite beverage ?! Hummm…definitely a green juice. There’s a lot of version I like, but cucumber, lots of kale, pear and/or apple is a great mix. I also enjoy the one with cucumber, beet, celery, carrot, kale and sometime an apple. Of course, I can’t go a day without a sip of my homemade kombucha 🙂

    Good luck to me…hi hi !!!…and to everyone 🙂

  4. Carrot juice is one of my faves, mixed with apples. But if we’re talking about any ol’ beverage then whiskey. 🙂

  5. It’s been way too long since I last made date squares, and I have fond memories of making them with my grandmother. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe, it sounds really good. Thank you for sharing it!

    The liquid I drink most often is water, simply, but if that doesn’t really count as beverage, I’d say I do love green smoothies (I have a soft spot for those that include celery).

  6. Full disclosure? My favorite beverage is beer. BUT, the beverage I drink the most is good old water.

  7. I drink a lot of tea, of course that is easiest to make.

  8. I love smoothies but I drink cold brewed coffee everyday.

  9. My favorite is chai tea.

  10. These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing at the weekly Potluck. I’ve also shared this on my Vegan Giveaways board on Pinterest. Let me know if you’d like an invitation to become a Pinner to that board :-).

  11. my favorite is tea. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Favourite hot drink: Organic Matcha Elixir ~ matcha tea powder, cacao, vanilla, almond milk

  13. My favorite beverage HAS to be smoothies! I make on average between one and three a day, but I love juices and healthy snacks too so this book looks absolutely perfect!

  14. I have been waiting for this book since she first announced it. I have her first and I love it. Favourite beverage eh? (geeze I’m Canadian!) I really enjoy green smoothies for breakfast and drink water or citrus water all day – but if I’m going to treat myself, I have to say some sort of smoothie utilizing canned coconut milk fulfills the decadent craving!

  15. My favorite beverage is a gingerbread smoothie. I like to sneak some spinach in so I can pretend it’s healthy. 🙂

  16. Another date square fan here – that recipe is pinned and will be made soon!
    My favorite beverage these days is a breakfast pumpkin smoothie: water, protein powder, flax seeds, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, cinnamon, homemade pumpkin puree, frozen banana, a little frozen mango.

  17. I’m a big fan of herbal teas these days. I recently had an orange spiced herbal tea that was really delicious with some vegan almond cookies.

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  19. Sounds like a fab holiday treat! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us =)

  20. My favourite beverage lately is a banana/cacao/peanut butter smoothie 🙂

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  22. My all-time favorite is Tension Tamer tea with honey.

  23. My favorite beverage is sweet tea. During the holidays I love homemade egg nog using Alton Brown’s recipe.

  24. Those date squares look perfect for a cookie exchange!

    My favorite beverage…I’m a sucker for seasonal drinks, so hot cocoa or a nice warm herbal tea in the winter, or pumpkin spiced almond milk in the fall, strawberry lemonade or a green strawberry/banana smoothie in summer…love ’em all.

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  26. My favorite drink is lemonade which is always there in my fridge.
    check the recipe on my blog- http://herbsspicesandtradition.blogspot.ca/2014/05/homemade-lemonade.html

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