Recipe by Suzette Jensten
"These bars taste just like oatmeal cookies!"
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2 1/2 cups
dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/2 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups
quick cooking oats
I gave this five stars in that it is a quite versatile recipe. I have boiled up raisins in half water and half lemon juice. I added 1/2 tablespoon corntarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water to the fruit, to thicken it. I have also used dried apricots and/or an assortment of dried fruits that I put in the food processor to chop up. I boiled these in orange juice (no water). In the oatmeal mixture, I added 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, just to give it a little more flavor. Another filling is Cranraisins and dried apples boiled in apple juice. I am sure that others will come up with many other varitions.
Too sweet, and not a good flavor - not sure dates should be part of most oatmeal bar/cookie recipes.
This was great. My husband asks for them on a weekly basis. One note, press down slightly on the top layer of oatmeal...tastes better.
These Oatmeal Cookie Bars are awesome! I made a few substitutions: I didn't have dates so I used raisins (but I'm going to make sure I have dates on hand the next time I make these); I replaced the white sugar with Splenda and the brown sugar with Splenda brown sugar blend to cut down on some of the sugar and calories; I used butter instead of shortening. I also added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the pastry and half a teaspoon to the filling. The resulting bars were so buttery and cinnamony good it was hard to stop eating them.
Very good. Taste alot like cereal bars but better. I used butter flavored Crisco and added a little cinnamon to the oatmeal mixture. Thanks for the recipe!
I used figs instead of dates and I love figs and oats so I love these. I also added flaxseed meal (about 3 T), wheat germ (maybe 4 T) and around a t of cinnamon, 1/8 t cloves and 1/8 t fresh ground nutmeg to the pastry for a crunchier, more cohesive flavor. I like the salt in the pastry but think a dash under 1/2 t would be better. I also used 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening to pump up the richness. I can't wait for this batch to cool! YUM!
A nice basic date bar recipe. Very good.
Very good. My boyfriend loved them. One of the other reviewers wrote that these are "too sweet". The pastry part actually isn't that sweet, it's the date filling. So if you don't like sweet, just spread on a thinner layer of the filling.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Serving Size: 1/48 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 48
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 103
** Calories from Fat: 31
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