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Strawberry Oat Squares


Category: Desserts

Breakfast? Dessert? You can go either way with these fruity oat squares.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (4)


1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup warm water
3 cups frozen sliced strawberries (or other berries)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder (see note)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Blend dates with water in a high-powered blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Place frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup of the blended dates in a medium pot, bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently and mashing with the back of a spoon or a potato masher to break up large pieces. Add chia seeds and continue to cook and stir for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil an baking pan (see note).

Combine mashed bananas and oats. Add the remaining blended dates, almonds, coconut and cinnamon. Mix well. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread the strawberry filling over the baked layer. Crumble the remaining oat mixture on top.

Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until top crumble is slightly golden. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

A teaspoon of alcohol-free vanilla extract can be substituted for the vanilla bean powder.

A 9x9 inch square pan works well for 9 servings.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 9

Per Serving:

Calories 202
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrates 37 g
Sugars 17 g
Total Fat 5.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Fiber 6.8 g
Beta-Carotene 28 ug
Vitamin C 33 mg
Calcium 51 mg
Iron 4.6 mg
Folate 24 ug
Magnesium 46 mg
Potassium 369 mg
Zinc 0.5 mg
Selenium 3.1 ug

My Rating: 
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06/05/2020 09:52 PM

Rated this recipe:

This recipe is amazing!  I didn't have enough frozen strawberries so I used frozen cherries!  Delicious!  I also added some almond extract and subbed in pecans for the almonds since they bother my stomach.  With the cherries and almond flavor the addition of some cocoa might be tasty as well.  Great recipe! 


06/09/2020 07:45 PM

Rated this recipe:

Pretty Yummy! I didn't have frozen strawberries, but had some beautiful fresh berries. I sliced and froze them. It took me a few days to get around to making these, but it was so worth it. A dollop of cashew creme or the almond chocolate dip makes this decadent. It would be great with pecans or walnuts, and/or switching up the fruit ad kperkins suggests. I love breakfast that doubles as dessert! 


06/13/2020 03:44 PM

Rated this recipe:

Delicious! The date paste, oats and coconut makes such a great crust. I love the idea of almond extract and pecans. So many ways to adjust like with the almond chocolate dip. I doubled the recipe and used half of the dish strawberries and half a pumpkin mixture. I cut it into pieces and froze it. It freezes great!


01/05/2022 11:36 PM

Rated this recipe:

I did not add the top layer of oatmeal, nor did I add in any dates. Now I know how to make my healthy jam from this recipe!!!