Adapted from Food.com
375 grams (1 1/2 cups) pitted dates, chopped
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease 8x8" baking dish.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat place dates, water, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, orange zest, and almond extract. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer mixture until a thick paste forms. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture forms the texture of breadcrumbs. Mix in brown sugar and rolled oats until crumbly then press half into the bottom of the prepared pan.
4. Spread date filling over top of the crust then sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture over top. Bake squares 25-28 minutes until golden brown on top and browned on the bottom. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve & enjoy!
For best keeping, wrap and store squares in the refrigerator.