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, 1/2 fruit 1 fat


  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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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!"

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

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

Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Whole family loved!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

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

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