Date & apple squares

A chewy, oaty tray bake with sticky dates and apples – bound to be a big hit.

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:35 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 513
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 15g
  • carbs 68g
  • sugars 47g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 225g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 140g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 140g stoned dates, chopped
  • 280g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g porridge oats


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease an 18cm square tin and line with baking parchment.

  2. Tip the apples into a pan with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 5 mins until tender and slightly pulpy. Add the dates and 50g of the sugar, and cook for a further 5 mins. Take off the heat and break the apples down with the back of a spoon until smooth and well mixed with the dates. Set aside.

  3. Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix the flour, bicarb, oats and remaining sugar in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and stir well until oats are coated.

  4. Press half the mixture firmly into the tin, spread the apple mix on top and smooth over. Cover with the remaining oat mixture and press down. Bake for 30-35 mins until golden and firm. Cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

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