My Mum used to make wonderful date squares when I was younger, and this is what I came up with after trying to create a gluten and sugar-free version. It just happens to be raw too!

Recipe Directions

Place first four ingredients in a food processor and blend to a paste. Set aside.

Process the pecans, almonds, coconut, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add dates one at a time and process until the mixture starts to stick together.

In a small square baking pan, arrange half of the crumble as a base. Then spread all the fig/date mixture on top, and sprinkle with the remaining crumble on top. Press layers together with the back of a spoon. Cut into squares.

If you want a warm square, you can place the pan in the dehydrator for a few hours.

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By Crisyn

My Mum used to make wonderful date squares when I was younger, and this is what I came up with after trying to create a gluten and sugar-free version. It just happens to be raw too!

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i also use the same recipe, my kids love it, but there is a difference, i use Agave nectar, it really gives it a unique taste, my kids love it.

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crisyn's recipes all look amazing. I will be making these too soon.

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well no bars for me. Just a spoon. Tastes like fig newtons tho, really energizing....yummies

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mine are wet. I added water like a fool. I put them in the fridge, lets see how much damage I did. Seemed I had more nuttop than date filling....still smells yummies tho. Might just have to eat it out of the pan I guess. We'll see.

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We have been looking for things that taste like lara bars and mmm these hit the spot. the only problem was there wasn't enough!

I used prunes too. Came out fine.

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I've never had date squares, but these sound good now that I hear uh, read all the comments. I'll have to try them when I get more figs - I usually just buy a few once in a while to snack on, so it will be fun to have them in something.

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YUM! These are fantastic! I particularly love the crust. It tastes like apple pie to me. This is going to be a new favorite raw dessert for me. Thanks for the recipe!

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I make these every week glad to see they made it in the top visited recipe section.

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raw_mama, they seriously taste like Fig Newtons?! Now I HAVE to make these!! I'm so excited :D

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Is there a way to give more than 5 stars? This is absolutely fantastic.

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I make these with dates, no figs. Fantastic!

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I have made these twice in the last 2 weeks! My non raw hubby and friends loooooove them. SO DO I!! I use only dates, no figs, and it's just like the date squares I used to love to eat! Thanks for this recipe!

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WOW So yummy... So easy. These are such a great treat, great for everyone!

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I only had fresh figs and didn't want to do anything but engulf them plain, so I used prunes haha. They were incredible! Probably one of my favorite recipes here so far. Thank you! :) :)

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Instead of coconut or for more color flavor, try zesting or grating the zest of the orange or lemon or lime! Great recipe! Bryan Au http://www.RawInTen.com & http://www.RawOrganicSavingThePlanet.com

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I can't do coconut. Anyone have an idea for a good substitute for shredded coconut?

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count me as another person who says: DEHYDRATE THESE!

They are super amazing oh-my-flying-spaghetti-monster good. I dehydrate them for about 4-6 hours, or until I can't wait anymore and start eating them. The base gets dry and cookie-like, the filling solidifies a bit. Mmmmmmm!

Thanks for the recipe!

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UPDATE-

HOLY TOLEDO THESE ARE AMAZING!!!! The trick to making these is they MUST be warmed in the dehydrator. I rate these a 10 fresh out of the dehydrator, but maybe only a 2 cold (10 being the best). Seriously, the dehydrator makes the fig filling soft, moist, delicious, while making the cookie part warm, softer, drier. For anyone who makes this..If you aren't going to dehydrate, don't bother. If you are, try to save some for the next day!!

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I just made these and they are in the dehydrator now. I used pecans and Black Missions, because the store was out of Calimyrnas. Also used Deglets for the filling and Medjools in the crust. I was disappointed at first because I expected a Fig Newton. Raw can only imitate, never duplicate. I am thinking these would be really good next time using dried apricots, or fresh berries such as raspberries or strawberries in the filling. I'll update once I taste them out of the dehydrator. My problem lately is that nearly every raw cookie or bar I make comes out tasting too similar as the next. And I am using different recipes! It has gotta be the nuts, dates, cinnamon..these are used in an awful lot of recipes. Soo..,now it is time to try something different. A cacao flavored cookie next time, perhaps.

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I made them thsi moring with a pint of fresh figs. OMG delish. The filling is a bit gooey (which I can handle lol) so i put the tray in the freezer. i used a loaf pan and it looks to make about 12 1X2" squares.

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has anyone tried this with fresh figs? i couldnt find dried...tho really i could just dry em...but fresh is so much better.

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oh my flippin goodness!! these are sooo delicious! my BF loves fig newmons, now we can have them raw!!! love love love muah!

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These where really good and Kurdishmom0607 try agave nectar its just like honey that would probaly work great!

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Just a question... My husband is allergic to honey.. any suggestions on what to add instead? Or does the recipe really need it? I'm thinking about just leaving it out. Thankfully I have a fig tree right in my front yard and there are plenty of figs this year.. so I am going to try this recipe on my hubby and in-laws and see if they like it or not.. Thanks for the info

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Oh... I need dry figs.

2 husky gril did you make these with fresh figs?

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