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Oatmeal Date Bars

Oatmeal Date Bars

"In no time at all, you can treat your family to these bars. They'll never suspect how light the snacks are. -Helen Cluts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota"
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45 m servings
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  1. In a small saucepan, combine the dates, water and sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring constantly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the butter and egg white until blended. Pat half of the mixture into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully spread with date mixture. Gently pat remaining oat mixture over date mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: 1 bar equals 186 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 124 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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I have been trying different recipes for date bars, and this is the one I will stick with. I did make some changes, though: I omitted the sugar from the dates(couldn't taste a difference), added...

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These were just okay. probably would not make them again.

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I have been trying different recipes for date bars, and this is the one I will stick with. I did make some changes, though: I omitted the sugar from the dates(couldn't taste a difference), added...

This is a great recipe. I only used 1/3 cup of brown sugar to the oatmeal mixture and no sugar at all to the dates, only water. I'm glad I did this because it would have been way too much.

I doubled this recipe, and added 1 cup of shredded coconut to 2 cups of rolled oats. Also I reduced the sugar. Added a bit of homemade candied orange peel, walnuts and sultana raisins to the d...

Fantastic. Didn't change a thing. Great is you like dry, crumbly topping. If not, these are not for you. Pretty healthy too with not much butter. Definitely a hit with the family. My son ke...

This was awesome! I didn't add any sugar to the dates (I forgot), and it turned out fine (sweet enough as it is). The next time, I will probably try to reduce the brown sugar to 3/4 or 1/2 cup a...

These are spectacular! I made them during Autumn and wanted a more seasonal flavour so I added orange zest and a 1/8 tsp. ground cloves to the date filling. I had an apple about to go so I peele...

Following the suggestions of others, I cut the sugar from the date mixture and only used 3/4 c of brown sugar. I also substituted 1/2 c of whole wheat flour. I'm literally in love with these b...

Pretty good! I used this recipe as a lower fat alternative to regular date squares, so as a diet dessert, it was terrific! I used both white and brown Splenda and slightly less butter, and the...

This recipe is amazingly easy and provides 100% of the flavor and satiety of the much fattier versions. Adding a little cinnamon OR shredded coconut to the "crust" part of the recipe makes it e...

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