Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan add the water and the dates and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until there's no water left. Add the vanilla extract to the dates and mix well. Let mixture cool.
Add the dates mixture to a food processor and pulse until it turns into a paste. Set aside.
In a food processor add the remaining dry ingredients and the butter cut into small pieces and pulse until the butter is well incorporated into the mixture and crumbles.
Spread 2/3 of the crumb mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Add the date mixture and spread it with a spatula. Add the remaining crumb mixture as the last layer and pat it using a spatula, do not press down too hard.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown then let cool completely. Place in the fridge for a couple more hours then take it out and cut into squares.
If you don't have a food processor, you can make the crumble mixture in a bowl using a pastry cutter or 2 forks. You will be able to puree the date mixture in a blender.
These sweet treats will keep for up to a week if wrapped tightly or stored in an otherwise air tight container in the fridge.
To freeze, be sure to store these in an airtight container or wrapped up tightly and cute the squares up first for easier snacking when needed.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.