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Thick Apple Raisin Date Squares

These Apple Raisin Date Squares came about from my love for date squares.

As a result, by combining apples, raisins and dates it makes a fantastic thick filling.

Undoubtedly, if you like date squares you’ll gobble up these apple raisin date squares.

Easy Apple Raisin Date Squares

Mixed Fruit Apple Raisin Date Squares

If there’s anything to know about me it is that I enjoy oatmeal bars filled with fruits.

Typically we store our raisins in the freezer which buys us some time to use them.

You’ll often find dates and prunes in our house because I like snacking on them.

Growing up in the UK making Classic Date Squares was normal at my parents house.

If it wasn’t squares it was mum’s 4-Ingredient Victoria British Sponge Cake with a fruit filling.

How To Make Easy Sugar-Free Jams

Sugar-Free Keto Strawberry Jam

Fruit fillings are a big deal in the UK especially with how easy it is to make jam and jellies.

Since moving to Canada I’ve made many varieties of jams mostly sugar-free keto jam.

I don’t go hog-wild and make jars of jam but one or two to get us through the month.

Some of our favourite sugar-free jams are all made with low-sugar berries.

The mulberries and strawberries are harvested in the summer from our property.

On the off-season we buy berries when they are on sale or even frozen fruits make a nice jam.

The sugar-free keto jams follow a similar recipe of berries, cold water, lemon juice, sweetener of choice and xanthan gum.

Forget about buying expensive sugar-free jam or alternatives and just make it at home for a fraction of the price.

How To Make Apple Raisin Date Squares Filling

Simple Apple Raisin Date Squares

We had one apple that needed using so I created a mixture of apples, raisins and dates.

What came of it was a delicious filling similar to a thick date filling.

To make this simple apple raisin date filling you need to first soak the raisins.

Add pizzazz to the apple raisin date squares by soaking them in 1/2 cup of dark rum or 1/4 cup dark rum and 1/4 cup cold water.

Note: Do not throw the liquid away as you’ll need it for the recipe.

I soaked the raisins to plump them so they are easier to mash.

What I find is that the dates and apples soften easily but the raisins need help.

Following the same process as the Classic Date Squares the mixture becomes a flavourful thick filling.

Another great idea a reader gave me was to add grated orange peel into the mixture.

If you find the filling a bit too thick just add a tablespoon of water to thin it out.

Saving Money Baking

If you consider the costs of dates they can get pricey based on season and availability.

However, by replacing part of the dates with raisins and apples it helps to bulk out the filling.

As a result, you’ll have a delicious make-ahead apple raisin date squares recipe.

Ingredients To Make Apple Raisin Date Squares

Cut Apple Raisin Date Squares

Apple Raisin Date Squares Procedure

Printable Recipe is Below

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Put your pitted dates, soaked raisins and apple chunks in a pot with 1 cup of cold water, water or alcohol soaked raisins, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and vanilla then cook until tender (about 15-20 minutes) then cool.
  • Puree cooled date, raisin apple mixture in a food processor until blended and smooth (if you like it chunky just use a fork to mash them up)
  • Spray a 13×9 baking pan with cooking spray then line with parchment paper so it’s hanging over the edges
  • In a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt, oats, butter, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and mix in the food processor until combined or the oats look like chunks.
  • Pat 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture in the bottom of a parchment lined baking pan. I use a fork to go around the pan to make sure it’s packed in nice
  • Add the apple, raisin, date mixture on top of the oat mixture and smooth out over top.
  • Use the rest of the oat mixture and just crumble over the top. Don’t press in as you did for the bottom of the pan just let the oats fall all over the top of the date mixture.
  • Bake for 25 mins or until golden brown at the top.
  • Let cool then pull the date squares out by lifting the parchment paper out and place on a cutting board.
  • Cut into squares with a sharp knife and set them back into the pan or on a serving platter.
  • You can also freeze these up to 6 months if they last that long for you.

Printable Recipe – Apple Raisin Date Squares

Yield: 12

Apple Raisin Date Squares

date squares

Jazz up the classic thick date square with these easy apple raisin date squares boasting a thick filling and large oat flake bottom and topping.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 13×9 baking pan
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • 3/4 pound pitted dates
  • 1 cup Thompson Raisins soaked in 1/2 cup of water or dark rum for 30 minutes (keep water)
  • 1 medium red apple of choice peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups large Flake oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar for oats mixture
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for apple raisin date mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon or add to your preference cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of cubed cold butter
  • parchment paper
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put your pitted dates, soaked raisins and apple chunks in a pot with 1 cup of cold water, water or alcohol soaked raisins, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and vanilla then cook until tender (about 15-20 minutes) then cool.
  3. Puree cooled date, raisin apple mixture in a food processor until blended and smooth (if you like it chunky just use a fork to mash them
    up)
  4. Spray a 13×9 baking pan with cooking spray then line with parchment paper so it’s hanging over the edge.
  5. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt, oats, butter, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and mix in the food processor until combined or the oats look like chunks,
  6. Pat 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture in the bottom of a parchment lined baking pan. I use a fork to go around the pan to make sure it’s packed in tight.
  7. Add the apple, raisin, date mixture on top of the oat mixture and smooth out over top.
  8. Use the rest of the oat mixture and just crumble over the top. Don’t press in as you did for the bottom of the pan just let the oats fall all over the top of the date mixture.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25 mins or until golden brown at the top.
  10. Let cool then pull the date squares out by lifting the parchment paper out and place on a cutting board.
  11. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and set them back into the pan or on a serving platter.
  12. You can also freeze these up to 6 months if they last that long for you.

Notes

Add grated orange peel into the mixture for hints of orange

Freeze in freezer bags or container.

Choose an apple that you like or have on hand.

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Apple Raisin Date Squares

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