Date Bars II


Softly spiced date filling between oatmeal-crumb layers.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
20 bars


  • 1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice

  • cup water

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch square pan. In a small saucepan, combine the dates, 1/4 cup brown sugar, orange zest, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until dates are soft and the mixture becomes a thick paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  2. To make the crust and topping, stir together the oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers. Mixture should be coarse and crumbly. Stir in 2 tablespoons water until evenly distributed. Press about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date mixture evenly over the crust all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture over the date layer. Press down lightly.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly toasted. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
8g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* 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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