Gran's Date Bars


This is one of my favorite recipes handed down from my grandmother; hands down it makes the best date bar that I have ever had. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Total Time:
48 mins
16 servings


  • 8 ounces dates, chopped

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring dates and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer and stir until thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

  3. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add melted butter; mix until blended.

  4. Pour 2/3 of the oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish, pressing over the bottom and sides. Spread the date mixture over the oats; crumble remaining oat mixture evenly on top. Press down lightly.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
12g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 170mg 4%

* 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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