Taste testers wanted…

I’m thinking of putting up a sign at the end of the driveway, “Taste testers wanted in exchange for ingredients.” I assume my husband wouldn’t be in agreement with this idea. He’s more likely to add,” Bug Off – Get Your Own!”

Oh, well.. He will have to take whatever is left in the cupboard. It was this recipe or nothing. I need to talk to Blue Cross or someone like that. After all, food is medicine… and I like this kind of prescription 🙂

Maple Date Squares

Maple Date Squares

Yield: 16 squares or 8-inch pan

Cook: 20 minutes


1 cup chopped dates

2 tbsp. maple syrup

¼ tsp. vanilla (optional)

½ cup water

Crumb Mixture:

¼ cup softened coconut oil

3 tbsp. coconut sugar

1/3 cup ground oats (I grind GF rolled oats in my Magic Bullet)

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

2 tbsp. sunflower seeds

¼ tsp. baking soda

1/3 cup sorghum flour

1/3 cup almond meal (I grind whole almonds using my Magic Bullet)

Pinch of sea salt

Filling: Place dates, maple syrup, vanilla (if using) and water in saucepan. Let simmer until thick on low-medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool.

Crumb Mixture: Mix all of these ingredients together until crumbly, using fingertips if necessary. Pat about 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. of mixture into lightly greased 8-inch baking pan. Press down firmly.

Spread with filling. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top, pressing down gently.

Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares when cool.


  • Coconut sugar (or coconut crystals) is produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut tree. It is low glycemic and is a great substitute for refined white or brown sugar. It has a caramel-like taste and is full of nutrients.
  • These squares freeze well.

Maple Date Squares

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12 thoughts on “Taste testers wanted…

    • It should work. They would be much finer than what I grind myself so if the mixture is too wet, I would put in a few whole oats as well.

  1. Lol, I’m always looking for taste-testers too! Especially when I try to convert something to GF that I’ve never had before. I’ve considered appealing to different ethnic organizations for testers (i.e. “in need of native Russians to try my GF vareniki and tell me if it tastes right”)! Your bars look great, thanks for sharing them on WNWNW, I’ve pinned it 🙂

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