Healthy Oat and Date Slice (refined sugar-free with a dairy-free option)

This Healthy Oat and Date Slice is so quick and easy to prepare! Filled with oats, chia seeds and dates… it’s the perfect clean eating treat!

Hello there! It’s so nice to see you… now let me introduce you to this delicious and healthy oat and date slice. I know, I know… there’s been a surprising number of healthier recipes on the blog lately (what is happening to meeeee!!??).

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

This is actually an old recipe that I posted a couple of years ago. But (like ALL of my old posts), the photos made me cringe majorly… which meant that I also never shared it on social media (because… embarrassing!!). But it’s far too good not to share. So here it is… all fresh, nice and new!

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

Now I have to tell you that this slice isn’t overly sweet at all – in fact it’s quite the opposite!! If you’re after a sugar-filled treat, then my Date Crumble Slice is FREAKING AMAZING!!! But if you’re after a healthy treat, this is for you!!

Healthy Oat and Date SliceThe texture of this slice is really hard to explain. It’s certainly not a hard and crunchy slice… quite the opposite. If you think about a really dense banana bread, it’s a bit like that (but with some chunkier bits from the oats). Hmm – clearly describing textures is not my forte.

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

So my healthy goddesses, if you want to quick, easy and delish little healthy treat, this baby is for you. It will kick your 3pm sugar cravings in the butt while leaving you feeling fab.

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

PS. If you’d like this slice to be dairy-free, simply drizzle dairy-free chocolate over the top (or leave it off completely).

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

So tell me… what’s your favourite ‘healthified’ sweet treat?

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

Ooh and if you’ve still got some dates left over after making this slice, you should totally make my Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars!

 

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

Oat and Date Slice - Conventional Method

This Healthy Oat and Date Slice is so quick and easy to prepare! Filled with oats, chia seeds and dates... it's the perfect clean eating treat!

Course Slices
Cuisine Healthy Choices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 300 g pitted dates roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (500g) water
  • 1 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 2 cups (180g) quick (or rolled) oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons LSA (optional) ground linseed, almond and sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 50 g dark chocolate, to drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (or 160 degrees fan forced).

  2. Grease and line a 18 X 28cm rectangular slice tin and set aside. 

  3. Place the chopped dates into a saucepan with the water. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until softened and the mixture has started to thicken. 

  4. Add the bi-carb soda and stir to combine (it will froth up). 

  5. Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, LSA and honey and stir to combine. 

  6. If the slice is a little too dry or wet, simply add more oats or water.

  7. Press the mixture firmly into the slice tin.

  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until slightly golden and firm to the touch. 

  9. Allow to cool in the tray. 

  10. Drizzle over the dark chocolate.

Recipe Notes

This slice is not overly sweet. It will stay soft as it has a similar texture to a dense banana bread. 

 

 

Healthy Oat and Date Slice

Healthy Oat and Date Slice - Thermomix Method

This Healthy Oat and Date Slice is so quick and easy to prepare! Filled with oats, chia seeds and dates... it's the perfect clean eating treat!

Course Slices
Cuisine Healthy Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 serves
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 300 g pitted dates
  • 500 g water
  • 1 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 180 g quick (or rolled) oats
  • 2 tbs chia seeds optional
  • 2 tbs LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seed and almonds) optional
  • 50 g dark chocolate, to drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (or 160 degrees fan forced).

  2. Grease and line a 18 X 28cm rectangular slice tin and set aside. 

  3. Place the dates into the Thermomix bowl and chop on Speed 10, 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat. 

  4. Add the water and cook on Reverse, Speed 3, 6 minutes, 90 degrees. 

  5. Add the bi-carb soda and mix on Reverse Speed 2, 2 seconds. 

  6. Add the honey, oats, chia seeds and LSA and mix on Reverse, Speed 4 until combined (us the spatula to assist). 

  7. If the slice is a little too dry or wet, simply add more oats or water.

  8. Press the mixture firmly into the slice tin.

  9. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until slightly golden and firm to the touch. 

  10. Allow to cool in the tray. 

  11. Drizzle over the dark chocolate.

Recipe Notes

This slice is not overly sweet. It will stay soft as it has a similar texture to a dense banana bread. 

Healthy Oat & Date Slice

51 thoughts on “Healthy Oat and Date Slice (refined sugar-free with a dairy-free option)”

  1. I’d like to believe that there is no such thing as too much sugar. That being said, this looks delicious even if it isn’t a particularly sweet treat.

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Haha Rebecca I love your attitude! I too am a big fan of sugar… however I do tend to overdo it ALOT!!!

  2. Yum looks delish. I’d add the chocolate too 🙂 and i love that plate.

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Aww thanks! Hehe yes in my book the chocolate is a necessity! It is such a cute plate – I bought it from a gorgeous little homewards store when we were on holidays a couple of months ago and now whenever I use it I instantly think of our little getaway!

  3. Thanks so much Lucy. I am really into slices at the moment. I even bought a slice tray yesterday and have added dates to my shopping list. That’s one lunchbox treat out of the way 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      No problem – I hope you enjoy it! This slice would be perfect for lunch boxes!

  4. Mumdanity says:

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a recipe along these lines, can’t wait to try it out (I think I’ll have to try it with the white chocolate too, just to get the full experience!) 🙂

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks! Hehehe yes the white chocolate really gives it something a bit extra 🙂

  5. This has come at such a great time as I’ve been on the search for some freezable snack food I can cook and whip up for her when she’s playing in the park. I do often wonder about you ‘foodie’ types and the magical way you manage to take photos of ordinary things like oats and make them look so pretty. thanks for sharing – off to cook x

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Oh that’s fantastic Pip! Hope you enjoy!! 🙂 Have a great weekend

  6. Oh my this looks delicious, especially with melted white chocolate! =D yum!!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks!! Mmmm yeah I just couldn’t resist the chocolate! 🙂

  7. Lauren says:

    This looks yummy, I’m loving making (and eating!!) muesli slices at the moment. The chocolate on top is also a great idea!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks Lauren! I am really loving muesli slices too at the moment! 🙂

  8. Yummo, ummm ‘healthified’ treat ? It’s Afghan biscuits made by my mum (I burn them when I try) and the healthy thing is a walnut on top of the chocoate icing 😉 xxx

  9. Nina says:

    It’s amazing how recently I discovered dates (um, like this year lol) but it’s awesome! It has that sweetness without the… I don’t know… tartness? of raisins, so I can eat it by itself, in recipes. This recipe would be something my husband digs. He’s not into sugar as much as I am, so the not-over-the-top sweets are more his preference.

  10. Looks great Lucy. Even though you have put some honey in there, it is so small it almost doesn’t count. In fact, if you left off the white chocolate, I would consider it healthy enough to belong on my nutrition blog. There’s so much fibre, protein and goodness in that slice and it looks delciious. This one is going on my to-cook list.

  11. That’s a delicious looking treat right there!

  12. Kate says:

    Yum, just writing out my shopping list now. Perfect timing, I’ll be making this this week!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Thanks Kate! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  13. This looks yummy, reminds me of an oaty slice I used to make when I was breastfeeding #4 – oats being good for milk supply and all 😉 Now I’m just sighing as I drool over all these recipes as the kids have smashed my oven door and the replacement part is taking weeks!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Oh that’s frustrating that you have to wait for your oven part Emma! Hopefully it turns up soon and you can get your bake on again! 🙂

  14. I love a good oaty slice Lucy – this look so tasty! My kids would love it too. You have to love the addition of chocolate – we all deserve a little treat now & then! 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      This is one of my fave slices Jodie! Yep it’s hard to beat an oaty slice! xx

  15. I love dates and I’m a massive sugar addict too. So glad to have discovered you.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha right back at you my fellow sugar friend 🙂

  16. Diane says:

    I have made this slice 3 times and while I love it I have never had it set hard,
    have tried mixing in more oats but still soft and chewy, enjoyable but no hard.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback Diane. I’m glad you like it even though it’s hasn’t set hard for you!! 🙂 xx

  17. Grace says:

    Hi there, sorry if this is a stupid question but when you say pour the date liquid do you discard the dates or mix them in too?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Grace, not a silly question at all! Keep the dates and pour them in too! 🙂

  18. Caroline Stoddart says:

    I live in the uk, do you know how many grabs your cup size would be? I really want to make these.
    Thanks a lot,
    Caroline

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Caroline, the number of grams depends on the ingredients. All of my new recipes contain both grams and cups measurements (however this is an old recipe so unfortunately it doesnt!). You can use an online converter which will tell you the gram measurements for each of the ingredients. 🙂 xx

  19. Sheree says:

    This recipe sounds great! How long does it keep for and does it freeze well? I’m thinking lunch box treats as well. Thank you

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Sheree, it will last up to a week stored in an airtight container 🙂

  20. Jo says:

    I’m actually doing the I quit sugar program at the moment and am also cutting down carbs. You may wonder why l like your blog so much. Well, just because l don’t eat these things l love making them for other people. So thanks Lucy for all the inspiration:)

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hehehe well thank you Jo!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying making my recipes! xx

  21. swathy says:

    can we prepare it without oven?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi there, this is a baked slice so unfortunately, you’ll need an oven! xx

  22. swathy says:

    hi, i prepared this recipe and it has come so well n yummy, I baked in pressure cooker. Today I am going to present it in our nutrition awareness program for the lactating mothers. thank you.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Fantastic!!!

  23. Anne says:

    How many calories roughly ?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Anne, sorry I don’t do calorie information on my website.

  24. Joanna says:

    Hi. Re the oven temp is that 180F or C.
    Thanks
    J

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Joanna, degrees celsius xx

  25. Michelle says:

    Looks dellicious. I just placed it in the oven and realized I forgot the bicarb!
    Will it still be ok?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Michelle, it will certainly have a different texture lol! But it will still be yummy!

  26. Judith Causon says:

    I was looking for a healthy slice containing dates and oatmeal and came across this recipe. I had no chia seeds and just a little LSA, so I used almond meal to substitute for both. I also used rice malt syrup instead of honey, which my body doesn’t like. This also makes it vegan for those who want it. Thank you for a great recipe.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Fantastic!!!!! So glad you liked it!! xx

  27. Sarah says:

    Just made these this morning and they are delicious. I’m a huge sweet tooth but I think these are just sweet enough to curb those cravings!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Yay!!! xx

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