Here's my Mom's recipe for these yummy bars.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 13x9 inch baking pan.

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  • Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and baking soda. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.

  • In a saucepan over low heat, cook the chopped dates with the water and the white sugar until the pulp is soft and well mixed.

  • Layer 1/2 of the oat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the date mixture and then finish off with the remaining oat mixture. Press down slightly on layers to compact.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until top crust begins to brown.

Nutrition Facts

208.9 calories; 2.1 g protein; 33.3 g carbohydrates; 20.3 mg cholesterol; 207.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2007
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. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 12
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2010
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2009
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2008
Really really good and hearty. I only had about 1 and half cups of dates but that was plenty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
Have made these for years! They are wonderful. I always add a bit of grated orange zest or a few tablespoons of orange marmalade to the date mixture. Read More
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