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Date Oat Bars

 Date Oat Bars
My mother found this recipe in 1936. The citrusy treats taste just as good today as they did back then.—Joyce Eastman, Garden Grove, California
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the dates, water, brown sugar and orange
  • peel. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil,
  • about 4 minutes. Cook and stir 3 minutes longer or until liquid is
  • absorbed. Remove from the heat. Stir in orange and lemon juices.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and
  • salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add oats and brown sugar; mix
  • well. Set aside half for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture
  • into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Drop date mixture by small spoonfuls onto crust. Sprinkle with

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Directions (continued)

  • reserved crumb mixture; press down gently. Bake at 325° for
  • 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into
  • bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 126 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.