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Chewy Oat Squares

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 18 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 square)
These hearty squares are simple to make and wonderfully portable--they are perfect for packing in lunch boxes or for snacking in the car.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 6 whole pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup golden cane syrup (such as Lyle's Golden Syrup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 159
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 26.6 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 52 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. Line a 9-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Place juice and dates in a food processor; pulse until dates are finely chopped.

  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in date mixture, syrup, and salt. Remove date mixture from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Stir in oats, cherries, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Spoon oat mixture into prepared pan. Using wet hands, carefully press the mixture into the corners of the pan.

  4. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Place pan in refrigerator; cool 20 minutes. Invert oat mixture onto cutting board; cut into 16 squares.