I am a sucker for nostalgia baking. Some of my favorite food memories come from long road trips with my folks where we would stop into a small Nova Scotia town, find their local bakery, and dig into a classic old-school dessert. One of my all-time favorites? The Date Square!

This recipe is insanely simple to make and I think it could easily become a staple in your baking arsenal.

Pistachio Date Squares

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Ready in 1 hour
Servings 9



  • cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup water
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • cups quick oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup margarine
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped pistachios


  • Prepare an 8"X8" square pan with parchment paper and cooking spray. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  • In a pot, combine dates, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, and baking soda. Place over medium-high heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • While date filling is cooling, mix together the oat mixture. In a large bowl combine oats, oat flour, brown sugar, margarine, and pistachios. Mix until the margarine is coating everything.
  • Spread half the crisp in the baking dish and press firmly. Layer with the date mixture. Cover with the remaining crisp and press lightly.
  • Place in the oven for 35 minutes.
  • Once baking is completed, allow the mixture to cool fully.
  • Cut into squares, pour a cup of tea, and enjoy!
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