Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe
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Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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In no time at all, you can treat your family to these bars. They'll never suspect how light the snacks are. -Helen Cluts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg white

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 186 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the dates, water and sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring constantly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the butter and egg white until blended. Pat half of the mixture into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Carefully spread with date mixture. Gently pat remaining oat mixture over date mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Oatmeal Date Bars in Light & Tasty October 2005, p19

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Squirt4 User ID: 2047632 243892
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Really good!! :-) I also added chopped nuts to the recipe and it added a great flavor to the recipe. Will definitely make this again!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 223622
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"This is the first date dessert I've made and I'm convinced it won't be our last! I listened to the other reviews and added toasted walnuts to the top oatmeal crumbs for a crunch. Husband had two big bars before they even cooled. I will be making again, although may add raspberries or chopped apricots next time. Yum!"

raziya522 User ID: 6773569 56827
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"cooked too long and next time add whole egg and less flour"

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 112795
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Whole family loved!"

sandcarp User ID: 1048936 150308
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"these bars are so delicious I could eat the whole pan myself"

carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 72043
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I don't purchase deserts, I make everything from scratch.Most of my recipes comes from Taste of Home on line cooking. I purchased a box of dates a few months back and didn't have a recipe to use them in untill I came across this recipe. The only thing I did different was add a 1/2 cup of coconut and some medium chopped walnuts to the brown sugar mixture. The Bars came out delicious. I will be keeping this recipe."

sechizar User ID: 2197681 72042
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"We loved the texture and that fact it wasn't overly sweet. Next time I would add 1/4 c. of toasted pecans or walnuts to give it a little more crunch."

bettybooop User ID: 4016418 143761
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"I prepared this recipe using Smart Balance, making them even healthier My husband & I both loved them! easy & fast to prepare & delicious."

marjorie25 User ID: 2033417 60689
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I made these bars with equal amounts of craisins instead of dates. They were delicious and the grandkids loved them."

TheVans User ID: 3787474 56826
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010


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