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Date Bars I

"Two crunchy oatmeal layers with a gooey date filling in between."
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servings 247 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 247 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 9.4 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.8g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. To make filling: In a small saucepan, combine dates, brown sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. To make the crust: Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture becomes crumbly. Press half of crust evenly into baking pan. Spread date mixture over the top. Crumble remaining crust mixture over the top of date mixture.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on wire racks before cutting into bars.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 46 Ratings

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To those reviewers who had problems with the proportions I can tell you that I've been baking a similar recipe for years that calls for baking the bars in a 9x13" pan. My filling calls for 1 lb ...

Most helpful critical review

This bar was soooo dry that when you cut it all that came out of the pan was the date filling. All of the oatmeal mixture just fell away.

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To those reviewers who had problems with the proportions I can tell you that I've been baking a similar recipe for years that calls for baking the bars in a 9x13" pan. My filling calls for 1 lb ...

My husband is from Canada where date bars are a staple, and he loved this. I cut the flour from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups, the brown sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup, used butter vs. shortening, and used...

These bars are awesome! The only problem is that they don't last long in the house. These bars are quite fattening so I tried using half the amount of shortening by substituting applesauce in ...

This recipe seems to have a lot of issues going on as I noticed by the reviews. But I just halved the recipe to use up some dates and it went fairly well. Next time I would use more dates in ord...

I made this at the request of my father for Christmas and they came out great!! I pretty much followed the directions except I used butter instead of shortening and I omitted a half cup of flour...

These are excellent! Just like my grandmother used to make. I didn't change a thing and will use this recipe as my only date bar recipe :)

I have been using this recipe for a couple of years now. It is so darn delicious. I have over time though, adjusted the amounts of some of the ingredients. I double the date filling and I use a...

I was trying desperately to get rid of some leftover dates from a fruit basket, and this recipe worked nicely! The crust mixture was rather crumbly, but the crumbles tasted so good that I used t...

Terrific!! My "I hate dates family" went nuts. Currently baking 2nd batch in 1 wk. Full recipe use a 9x13. Half recipe 8x8.