Roasted Almond & Date Squares – Vegan & Gluten Free

by Sharon on November 12, 2014

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

I love sweet and salty snacks. It`s a combination that gives you the best of both worlds. The sweet comes courtesy of plump, sugary dates. The salty is delivered by dry roasted almonds. So simple. Simple food is remarkably the best. Sometimes it`s the recipes with the fewest ingredients that have the biggest impact. Funny that.

These squares were inspired by this date bar recipeΒ from my friend, Sondi ( keeps trying to autocorrect to Sandi! πŸ˜‰ ), whose site is a treasure trove of usefulness, especially for allergen-friendly ideas. We met at the Food Bloggers Conference I attended in Vancouver last month and I`ve shortlisted a few of her recipes to try out. This one was first up!

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

The fact that I`m not the dish do-er in our household makes these squares extremely easy. If I had to wash our food processer out every time I might state differently. πŸ˜‰ Thanks honey! Even so, dishes be damned, right? The beauty of the food processer is that it is just so darned fast. It just takes a whirl around for a minute or two to blend everything together.

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free


Give it a good press into your dish.

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

Melting the chocolate for the drizzle took all of five minutes. I set my OCD to the side and drizzled with reckless abandon.

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

Now, the hardest part of this recipe. The waiting. More waiting. Aaaaand … a little more waiting. πŸ˜‰

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

You want to give these a good chill so they slice up nicely. Store them in the fridge or freezer and try not to eat them all at once. So yummy!

Roasted Almond & Date Squares - Vegan & Gluten Free

Serves 16 squares

Roasted Almond & Date Squares – Vegan & Gluten Free
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  • 3/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10-12 dates), pitted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. In a food processor, pulse the roasted almonds until they are broken down into small chunks. Add the dates, shredded coconut, hemp seeds and vanilla and blend until it starts to stick together a bit. Don't over blend though! You still want a chunky texture
  2. Line a 9x9 dish with parchment paper and transfer the mixture from the food processor and with your fingers, press it down really well. Place the dish in the freezer.
  3. Meanwhile, In a small pot over medium low heat, melt together the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil
  4. Take the dish from the freezer and drizzle the chocolate over the top. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before cutting into bars
  5. Store covered in the fridge or freezer


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am
Simple recipes truly are the best ones. :) I've never, ever tried dates. I see a lot of recipes using them, I'm thinking I need to jump on the date train. ;)
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm
Never tried dates?! Get on it girlfriend. :) They are really shelf stable which is nice if you buy a larger container. Check the best by date.
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen November 12, 2014 at 10:18 am
Dates, almonds, and coconut is a magical combination! Adding these to my must make list. ;)
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Ours are all gone. That good. ;)
Sondi November 12, 2014 at 11:51 am
Love your adaptation! Yum. And thanks for telling that darn autocorrect who's boss.
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Thanks for the inspiration! They were marvelous. And, I don't think autocorrect will mess with me again anytime soon. ;)
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods November 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm
These look incredible! I love the ingredients and that chocolate drizzle looks amazing! I love one right now! Pinning :D
Sharon November 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm
Cindy, we demolished these. ;) And with no guilt, I might add! Thanks. :)
Teresa December 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm
Those look fantastic! They'd be great for a cookie swap, I bet.
Sharon December 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm
Mmmmm ... Yes. :) Nice to throw in a healthier option, for sure. Thanks Teresa!
Eyecandypopper December 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm
I have got to make these soon!
Sharon December 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm
They are yummy! :)
valeria January 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm
do you know any substitute for the coconut oil? (that's not the canola one) It's so expensive to get it over here ):
Sharon January 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm
Sure! You could try olive oil or maybe a little bit of butter? Hopefully that could work. :)
Melissa November 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Hey there, I found your photos and recipe on this website: They took photos from my blog too and posted them on their website, facebook, twitter and google+. Perhaps you want to see about reporting the copyright infringement.
Sharon November 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Thanks for telling me! I'll check into it.

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