Grandmother’s Date Squares (gluten-free)



  • 1 pound dates (500g)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill sweet white rice flour
  • 2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp b. soda
  • 1 tsp b. powder
  • 1 cup soft almost melted Tenderflake shortening


  1. Cook dates on low for 7 to 10 minutes watching closely and stirring often. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix salt and soda (no lumps) flour, oats, brown sugar really well. Gradually add shortening and work with a wooden spoon creating a crumble with small to medium pea size lumps.
  3. Spread half the crumble in the bottom of a lightly greased 11” x 9” pan. Starting in one corner of the pan very gently spoon the date mixture on top evenly. Next add the remaining crumble mixture one tablespoon at a time gently covering the dates.
  4. Bake at 325 F for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting in square.