Monthly Archives: February 2014

Matrimonial Squares, an old favorite …

I tweaked this old family favorite recipe by switching out the wheat flour with a blend of quinoa, rice, tapioca & sorghum flours. I was pleased with the end result! It turned out tasting very similar to the original recipe. My daughter, who came home for reading week, and my hubby liked it so much they scarfed it down in a couple of days. (Well of course I must admit I sampled it a couple of times myself.)

Date Squares


  • 1 cup fine quinoa flour
  • 1 cup gluten free flour mix
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9″x9″ cake pan and set aside.

2.  Combine the dates, raisins, 2 tbsp. granulated sugar, and boiling water in a small saucepan and simmer gently for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

3.  In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Add the quinoa flours, the gluten free flour mix, the oats and baking soda and mix together until crumbly.

4.  Press half of the mixture into the greased cake pan.  Spread date and raisin mixture on top and press remaining crumbs on top of the date mixture.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool for 1 hour before slicing into bars.  Enjoy!