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.

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