Vegetarian and vegan recipes

Almond-Date Squares

I hope you like almonds because these (sugar-free, no-added fat) almond-date squares contain three forms of them. Almond meal from grinding the nuts, almond extract, and sliced almonds. It's a party in your mouth, if you ask me.

P.S. You can experiment with this recipe by substituting the raw almonds with other nuts. I made another delicious version using one cup of raw walnuts, cocoa powder instead of coconut flakes, vanilla extract, and a mixture of melted carob & dark chocolate drizzled on top once it came out of the oven. Delightful! Hazelnuts would work nicely too, don't you think?

P.P.S. More wholesome baked goods.

Almond-Date Squares
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup fresh dates, packed
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Pit your dates.

In a food processor, add the raw almonds, brown rice flour and dates. Process until you get a coarse mixture. Add the coconut flakes, eggs and almond extract and process until smooth. Left to right, top to bottom, it should go like this:

Press mixture into a medium-sized baking dish.

Sprinkle the dish with the sliced almonds. Press gently on the almonds so they adhere to the surface.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes. Switch oven to broil for the last minute of baking so that the almonds get golden.

Cut into 24 squares. Indulge, guilt-free!

Recipe adapted from Vicki Chelf Hudon.

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