07 January, 2010

Apple Walnut Squares

Anyone here whose New Year resolution was a low-fat and no-refined-sugar diet? Try these apple walnut squares. They are sweetened with dried dates and otherwise contain rolled oats, whole wheat flour and apple juice. Now that I look at the ingredients again, they are in fact vegan.
I love the smell of cooked apples with cinnamon. I think this is one of the main reasons, why these cookies appealed to me when I first found the recipe. Needless to say, I also love to eat cooked apple with cinnamon.
These squares are best eaten straight out of the oven. But you can also heat them up for breakfast, or, like I did yesterday, have them as afternoon snack in the car while driving.

2 large apples, grated
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chopped dried dates
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Yields 9 squares
Preheat oven to 180C degrees.Coat a 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes, so the oats and flour can absorb the apple juices. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cut into squares while still warm.


  1. Love it! I've saved your recipe. Healthy ingredients that taste delicious. Thank you!

  2. These will be perfect for our upcoming car trip. Nice photo! Thank you!

  3. I'm so glad to see a recipe that showcases the natural sweetness of dates instead of relying on refined sugar. I will definitely be making these bars!

  4. these look great. i recently decided to cut back on my refined sugars. i will have to try these out. love the blog, glad i found it

  5. Thanks for all your comments. It's so worth it cutting back on refined sugars. Your approval motivates me a lot to continue in that direction - with the food, the photos and the blog!

  6. what a healthy snack! Might be addictive though. :)

  7. I just saw these on photograzing and I adore your photo! They look fantastic. I am excited to give them a try! Glad I found your blog...will go read some more of your posts now!

  8. These are quite addictive!
    I made a batch yesterday and they're almost all gone, actually, I ate one just now...
    These are great, however mine turned out a bit soggy, or moist. They're still delicious. I added flax seeds to these, a wonderful treat.

  9. Did you use whole wheat bread flour or pastry flour?

  10. Regular wholewheat flour will do.

  11. I was just wondering if you could use spelt or wholemeal flour?
    Thank you

  12. Spelt flour would surely work.