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Chewy Date Nut Bars Recipe

Chewy Date Nut Bars Recipe

You'll need just six ingredients, including a convenient boxed cake mix, to bake up these chewy bars chock-full of walnuts and dates. They are my husband's favorite snack, and he loves to take them to work. I often whip up a batch for bake sales or to share with my co-workers at our local car dealership.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar. Add butter and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Combine dates and walnuts; stir into batter (batter will be stiff).
  • 2. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around sides of pan to loosen; cool completely before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 184 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Chewy Date Nut Bars

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"I needed something quick for a church meeting, plus I had hoped to use up some dates I had on hand....these bars were PERFECT! Tasty & easy to make, they disappeared quickly, to rave reviews from the church group!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"These are yummy; one of my husband's favorites. Very quick & easy to toss together."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"I swapped the yellow cake mix for a spice cake mix ... delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"These are dangerously good! I don't want to stop eating them! My whole family loved this recipe, I will be sure to make it again maybe using some of the recommendations."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"These were very good. I added 1/2 teasp. each of cinnamon & nutmeg and from the taste of them, I'm glad I did. Otherwise I think they would have been a little bland. Coconut would have been good too. As with most baked goods with fruit in them, they taste better the next day & thereafter."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for years because my husband love these bars. I like to add chocolate chips or butterscotch chips."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Love this recipe. I have made it with different cake mixes, spice & german chocolate, both were great. I added 3/4 c. dried cranberries and a little cinnamon & nutmeg. I also tried substituting pumpkin and canola oil for the butter, tasted great, nice & moist."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"These bars are so simple and delicious. I have even substituted chocolate chips for the dates....sooo yummy! Both versions are a hit with my family."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"These bars are so simple and delicious, I have even substituted chocolate chips for the dates. Both versions are"

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