While growing up these Date Bars were a regular part of my mother’s baking. I treasured these squares. Oatmeal crispy mixture with puréed dates in between. Somehow over the years I fail to remember them, recalling them merely when I saw a recipe, driving through Dateland Arizona or seeing scrumptious dates. Oh my how delicious… for breakfast, lunch, brunch or tea (okay, ANYTIME). I had to start making these again! They are magnificent with the taste and consistency I remember; sweet yet earthy flavors.
The chief element of these squares are the dates. Dates are the fruit of the palm tree that grow here in Arizona. They are sweet and are also an excellent source of protein, Vitamins A & B. Used for this recipe is medjool pitted dates. You can generally find them in the produce section of your grocery store. Before starting the date filling, you have to soften the dates in water, and then puree them in the food processor until nice and smooth, it can have some lumps. Then just make the oatmeal crust which, once more, is easily done in the food processor. Then layer the ingredients. First, 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture is pressed on the bottom of pan. Then the date puree is spread over the crust. Last, the rest of the oatmeal mixture is crumbled over the dates. Bake until golden brown.
OATMEAL DATE BARS
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, melted
Mix and spread 2/3 of mixture in a 9×13″ (or 8×8 inch if you want thicker/deeper bars) baking pan. Pat down.
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
2 c. dates, chopped
I put above ingredients in saucepan to heat sugar, water and dates together until it thickens, then pour into food processor or blender. It’s HOT. blended pretty good, lumps are fine.
Spread over oatmeal mixture. Spread remaining oatmeal mixture over dates; I used my hand to evenly distribute, then lightly pat to even it out. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes. Cut while warm.
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