Oatmeal Date Bars

Let’s get straight to the point, dates are underrated. I feel like no one ever talks about them and I’m here to give them the love they deserve. They’re good, y’all! Dates are sweet with a great texture and full of healthy nutrients. That’s what I call a good time. They play super well into desserts, like these Oatmeal Date Bars.

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These Oatmeal Date Bars feature a smooth date filling sandwiched between two layers of a crunchy oat crumble. It’s like a textural dream and not overly sweet. These are perfect for the dessert lover in your life that doesn’t love a sugar blast.

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If you’re looking to step out of your baking comfort zone and try new things this is a great place to start! This recipe is safe, but different at the same time!

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Oatmeal Date Bars

A smooth date filling sandwiched between two layers of a crumbly oatmeal mixture
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Keyword: date, date bars, dates, oatmeal, oatmeal bars, oatmeal date bars
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients

For Bars:

  • 1 cup (149 grams) dates pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) water
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (213 grams) brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

For Bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, then cut two strips of parchment paper and lay in a cross shape on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan add the chopped dates, water, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil with stirring constantly. Turn the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer, while constantly stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt, whisk until combined. Add the melted butter and egg white, stir until fully combined.
  • Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread the date mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool before removing from pan and slicing.

Oatmeal Date Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9-inch square baking pan (I have this one) with non-stick spray, then cut two strips of parchment paper and lay in a cross shape on the bottom of the pan. This will make it easier to remove the bars from the pan when they are cooled. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan (I have this one) add the chopped dates, water, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil with stirring constantly. Turn the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer, while constantly stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt, whisk until combined. Add the melted butter and egg white, stir until fully combined.
  4. Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread the date mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool before removing from pan and slicing.

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