Microwave Date & Raisin Squares, Oval Plate with Pink Roses, Gold Trim

Microwave Date And Raisin Squares

I’d been wondering what to do with the remainder of the Medjool dates left from Christmas and then remembered this recipe!  In no time you’ll have a nice treat to go with your cup of tea or coffee!  A great addition to a school or work lunch.


½ lb. pitted dates, chopped
1 cup water
½ cup raisins
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Crumb Base & Topping:

1 cup unbleached flour (or use a mixture of whole-wheat & unbleached)
1 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Make the Filling:

Combine the dates, water, raisins and lemon juice in a 4 cup measuring cup. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a vent, microwave on high 5 – 6 minutes, or until the mixture boils, stirring every 2 minutes. The dates should be soft. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes; uncover, cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally.

Make the Crumb Base & Topping:

Combine the first 5 dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press half firmly into an 8” square glass baking dish. Spread with the date mixture; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture, patting down lightly; microwave at medium-high (70%) power, 9 minutes, rotating ¼ of a turn every 3 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and let stand directly on the countertop 10 minutes. Uncover, cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!


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