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Delicious! This favorite recipe has been passed down in the family for many years. It has lots of date filling and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr
1 hr 55 mins
15 mins
16 servings


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Date Filling:
Oatmeal Crust:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat dates, 2/3 cup brown sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until dates have softened, absorbed the liquid, and mixture is like a paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

  • Stir oats, flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl; cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Lightly press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan. Spread date mixture evenly over the crumb crust; sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the top of date mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden, about 30 minutes; cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing into bars.

Cook's Notes:

Water can be substituted for orange juice.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 56.1g; fat 9.3g; cholesterol 22.9mg; sodium 104.3mg. Full Nutrition