Recipe by Carla
"Here's my Mom's recipe for these yummy bars."
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1 3/4 cups
quick cooking oats
1 3/4 cups
packed brown sugar
dates, pitted and chopped
I have made this recipe several times to serve at functions. Everyone loves it. It is just like the bars sold in the bakeries in Canada where I grew up. I was able to find soft wonderful dates which I could mash with a spoon, so I did that rather than add sugar & water and cook. They are great.
This was a good recipe. My only change: I used a 8x8" pan instead of the 9x12" because I didn't seem to have enough oat mixture for both bottom and top layers. The end result was a thicker bar. Thanks for the recipe!
Overall, this was a good recipe. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a snack or a dessert, but I thought it was way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar in the oatmeal/flour mixture. I used half whole wheat flour, half all purpose flour as other reviewers suggested, and thought the texture was perfect. They were very soft when I first pulled them out of the oven, but firmed up nicely after cooling for a while. These will work well for throwing in your lunch for a mid-afternoon snack.
To make this recipe more healthful for my diabetic hubby, I substituted whole wheat flour for half of the white flour (to increase dietary fiber). I also used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in place of regular brown sugar, and Splenda instead of white sugar. To make slightly thinner bars (same taste - smaller portion), I made the recipe in the Pampered Chef large bar pan (about 10"x16") instead of in a regular 9"x13" inch pan. (Date layer is spread VERY thin to cover this added real estate.) Reduce cooking time to about 30 minutes. The end result: Very tasty! Even picky 6-yr. old really likes them!
This is EXACTLY my mother's recipe - long lost but tastes and looks just like it. Thanks for sharing and bringing back a childhood favorite to my family!
Really really good and hearty . I only had about 1 and half cups of dates but that was plenty !
PERFECT and excellent! Wonderful! Delish! GREAT!!! I loved these, and will make again! I bought chopped dates (in the raisin aisle). I did not put sugar on the dates. I did not heat the mixture. I simply put the dates in the food processor with a little water to moisten, and proceeded with the recipe. It only took 30 min to bake.
Fantastic! Brings back great memories of my Mom and her incredible edibles too! Mom would occasionally switch drained crushed pineapple for the dates. Definitely worth a try.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 209
** Calories from Fat: 74
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