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Gluten Free Date Squares Cookies

I recently had a recipe request from a Facebook friend for gluten free date squares, and I was pleasantly surprised when I was sent this recipe from my newest monthly contributor, Kathy Smart. Check out Kathy’s easy gluten-free, vegetarian cookies recipe below, and be sure to welcome her aboard by commenting below. This recipe can either be made dairy-free or not. Thank you, and welcome, Kathy!


Smart Facts

Dates have a natural sweetness that tastes like maple syrup or brown sugar! Dates are rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, copper and high in B vitamins and vitamin K.

Recipe Accolades
Simple and Quick
Dairy Free (if using coconut oil)
Gluten and Wheat Free
High in Fiber
No Added Refined Sugars
Vegetarian/ Vegan (if using coconut oil)

Gluten Free Date Square Cookies


Yield: Makes 2 dozen cookies

Gluten Free Date Square Cookies

A grain-free, gluten free date squares recipe turned into a cookie! Make it vegetarian by using coconut oil, or with butter; your choice.


  • 1/2 cup of softened butter or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of sucanat*
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of ground almonds
  • 1/3 cup of ground flaxseeds
  • 1 ½ cups of gluten free oats
  • 2 cups of pitted and chopped dates
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together butter/coconut oil, sucanat and egg. Add ground almonds, flaxseeds, oats and dates and form into small balls.
  • Place on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


*Carla's Note: Sucanat™ is a minimally refined form of cane sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: 1 cookie

Calories 120.93
Total Fat 5.44g
Saturated Fat 2.63g
Cholesterol 18.98mg
Sodium 31.63mg
Potassium 137.9mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.94g
Fiber 1.92g
Sugar 12.52g
Protein 1.76g

12 comments on “Gluten Free Date Squares CookiesAdd yours →

  1. Great Recipe! I added a little organic vanilla bean and a flax egg replacing the actual egg to make them vegan. I added dark chocolate chips to my husbands since he is a chocolate freak and he loved them! Thank you for posting.

  2. Great collection of recipes! I will send your link to my clients. When you say ground almonds here, does this mean almond butter or is this more crumbly and dry? Could you use almond flour?

    1. MamaO,

      This is not my recipe, but I believe prunes should work well.

      I was reading an article on Natural News quite awhile back on carcinogens (cancer causing agents) found in prunes and dried pears. If interested in another option, which is sweeter than prunes, use apricots soaked in water for 30-60 minutes. No soaking needed if your apricots are pretty moist. If you just don’t like the taste of dates, you may wish to consider adding a bit of sugar or stevia when using prunes. If you just don’t like the overly sweet taste of dates, then you should be good.

      I hope this helps.


        1. MamaO,

          So glad you like the apricot idea. Just make sure you drain and dry them well.

          Stevia is used differently, in way smaller amounts. Each manufacturer has different potency, therefore, different instructions on how to sub them. You’ll find them online per each manufacturer usually.


  3. I love it that these could easily be veganized by using coconut oil and using “flax egg” instead of real eggs. When I make these, I am also going to leave out the sucanat, as I think that dates already have a really nice naturally sweet flavor.

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