Monday, December 1, 2008

gotta have it or i'll just perish

ever want something so much that you'd be willing to go off your program?
those are tough days.
when i get requests for remakes of certain "gotta have it or i'll just perish" recipes
i really feel for the urgency of the situation.
today i was asked to try and recreate something i had never had eaten before-
a canadian treat called a date square, a baked yummy.
having a photo to go on i gave it my best shot.
i don't know if i hit the nail on the head, but the resulting creation
is very tasty and satisfying. i will be making this again
especially since it made up very quickly with few ingredients.
here is the test version:

snowdrop's date nut squares

1 1/2 c walnut
1/2 c oat flakes
1 T ground flax seed
1 T agave
6 dates
food processed it to a crumb texture
press firmly 1/2 of mix into bottom of pan
reserve the other 1/2 for topping

1 apple peeled & cored
1 1/2 c dates
1 tsp ground chia seed
food process as smooth as possible
spread on bottom crust in pan
sprinkle topping and lightly press it down

i didn't soak the dates (greed- i want it now)
if i soaked the dates- it may only need 1/2 the apple amount and 2x the chia.
it looked great and the apples will darken (that's why i put it in the d)
to the same color as the one in the original photo.

it cuts well after it sets an hour
after tasting it all put together (but not dehydrated)
i find i can taste the apple more than i thought i would
if this is offensive to you (it was yummy to me)
then cut the apple amount in 1/2 and use soaked/drained dates.
if i left it in the d over nite it would be chewey more 'baked'
i have yet to do that though...

all in all i found it to be a wonderful treat.
thanks for introducing me to the date squares!!
till next time-
stay raw & love life!


  1. Are oat flakes considered "raw"? I'm fairly new to this and thought not. I like oats, barley, and rye flakes I can buy organic from my local healthfood store, but I didn't think they were raw. Thanks

  2. the ones i use are truly raw.
    check your email i sent you a note on it.