Date Bars

We had great feedback from everyone who tried this recipe in the store!  What a delicious treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 10 tbsp. butter (cold and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Preparation:

Bring the water to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Add the dates and simmer for 8-10 minutes (stirring frequently to prevent the dates from sticking) until the mixture is thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter or oil an 8 x 8 square baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt.  Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.  Press half of the flour mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.  Press firmly with your fingers so that the bottom crust holds together.  Gently spread the date mixture over the bottom crust.  Pour the remaining flour mixture on top and press gently to make an even top crust.  Bake for 40-45 minutes until the crust is browning.  Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe Courtesy ofwww.strongertogether.coop

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