These date squares can be dressed up with a drizzle of Cranberry Coulis and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cranberry Coulis recipe is available on this website.
For filling, place all ingredients in a pot and bring up to a boil. Remove from heat and let dates sit and soak until room temperature. Purée until smooth and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350° F, grease and 8-inch square pan and line bottom with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the edge of the pan on 2 sides. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Stir in butter and blend until an even crumbly texture. Press half of the crumble into the bottom of prepared pan. Spread date filling over base and top with remaining crumble (not pressing). Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top of crumble begins to brown. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
Yield: 1 8-inch square pan. Makes 16 servings.