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Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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 starch, 0 fruit, 1 fat.

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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!"

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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!"

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

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

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

"Whole family loved!"

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

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

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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

"Delicious"

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merlinsmom User ID: 687819 138140
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"These were excellent I used Splenda Brown Sugar and half Splenda for the granulated sugar. They were a hit I will make them again."

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BeverlyGood User ID: 3314524 72005
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"They reminded my husband of ones his mom used to make him."

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jdnewcomb User ID: 676305 144184
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I made the bars using Smart Balance in the stick form. It is just a little healthier than using butter. My husband and I agree that the next time we make them we would add about 1/3 more filling to the recipe. This is a keeper recipe for us."

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helen1953 User ID: 4988900 88318
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"We really liked this recipe friends also liked it when we had them try this. We added a little vanilla to the filling and the dough which gave it a little added flavor. My husband is waiting for the next batch."

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alleulia3x User ID: 2520880 144183
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"Found this excellent. Did not have enough dates, so also used apricots for 1 cup. Used 1/2 n 1/2 sugar/splenda and about 1/3 less brown sugar. Found it very easy to do. These are delicious and I look forward to sharing with my bridge group."

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hereandnowthenandnow@yahoo.com User ID: 1594493 56159
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"This bar was very tasty and satisfied our love of dates. It was a little dry, but see the hints listed here, and will try it again with them in mind."

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grammafletch User ID: 1965899 150305
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"It was quite good-but definitely needs more filling."

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olddutch User ID: 4601197 56824
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"made this BUT omitted the sugar in the dates- not needed - dates are SWEET !!!-

no egg white- used 1/2 cup margerene instead of 1/3 --- just the right size 4 2"

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Marie Holcomb User ID: 4743675 206435
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"My husband feels it needs more date filling"

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carawil8 User ID: 3330430 206434
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I added some chopped walnuts to the date mixture and this was extremely good. My husband has been telling everyone he talks with about this great desert. Have lots of requests for the receipe."

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kountrygal User ID: 2713495 56823
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"I just made this recipe with a few additional healthier changes--I used plain lowfat yogurt in place of the melted butter. I also cut the sugar in both parts of the recipe by half. Thought I would experiment. It turned out good. My sister always made these date bars from the original full-fledged recipe and I loved them!! The adjustments I made still resulted in a good bar cookie, but if you are comparing to the original with all the goodies (or "baddies", depending on your point of view) there is a difference.

For those of you who are used to more sugar in your diet, you probably will not want to cut the sugar as much as I did--they are not overly sweet with the cuts. However, I would make them again according to the changes I incorporated.
As lscatena stated in their review, experiment a little to come up with a recipe that fits your taste and health standards."

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bmeiring User ID: 2806594 60687
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"They are good, but I'm with sawpainter. People take a basically fattening dessert, cut it into smaller pieces and call it a low-cal dessert. Almost 200 calories for a small piece is not low cal. It might take a little experimentation, but one way to cut the calories in addition to the other suggestions is to try substituting applesauce for the butter. You would have to cut down on the amount of water, but that would cut a few calories out. Also, read the labels on the margarine sticks, like Fleischmann's. Those things still have trans fats in them which are more unhealthy than butter."

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randt User ID: 2569574 150304
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"Haven't made this yet, but plan to, to compare it to regular Date Squares (a rose by any other name would still be a rose). I try to adhere to the healthy eating plan, but hubby will still eat half the pan (in one sitting) and shoot the healthy thing all to heck!!!!!"

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marlysz User ID: 696468 59762
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"I made this last night-scrumpdillyishus! We ate it warm out of the oven with ice cream on top. Extra calories? Lighten up and don't worry about it so much. It gave my husband and I a good excuse to go walking our two dogs after supper and if you can walk away the calories with someone you love, it's worth the calories. Enjoy everyday to the fullest because each day we are alive is a gift from God. Great recipe Mrs C! Thanks for submitting it. You can come to my house for coffee anytime. : ) (And yes, they are bars, not cake.)"

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Maxine Miller User ID: 2800706 60686
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"But dates are naturally very sweet. Try dried apricots that you have soaked in some hot water. Drain them. A lot less calories."

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lscatena User ID: 3440488 88291
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"People forget that you can always change a recipe to fit your needs. If you don't like it, then change it! Sub whatever you want! Use fat-free cream cheese, fat-free ricotta or cottage cheese for butter; use real maple syrup or honey for the sugar. Caution on the use of Splenda; try natural Stevia or some other non-chemically produced sweetener. Be creative!"

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caydensmamaw User ID: 5320914 150303
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I haven't tried it yet....but it sounds yummy! I've never made anything with dates, do you have any suggestions for substitutions? Maybe raisens?"

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friendforyou User ID: 3682060 88290
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I have read your posts Linda and would love to correspond re: low fat solutions. I can tell you're up on it! My husband has had a heart attack and the low fat, low sodium cooking has become a way of life now. I prided myself for 35 years on my recipes and meals. Now it all has to change. I would love tips on keeping the flavour and loosing the fat!"

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IAMBuck User ID: 4506375 118996
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I have not make THIS particular recipe, but why don't you call it what it is? This is essentially our mother's Date Squares (aka Matrimonial Cake). Why change the name??"

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lindajoynes User ID: 4659996 72000
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I have not made these yet, but the person who gave the ideas about using Splenda Brown Sugar Blend for baking and Regular Splenda White Sugar when cooking the dates is a good idea; also use Old Fashioned Oats for more fiber; and I found that Fleischmann's Original stick 65% Vegetable Oil Spread has 70% less Saturated Fat and 100% less Cholesterol per serving than BUTTER and less Calories; it is also great for baking and cooking; and also use White Whole Wheat Flour for part of the flour along with Unbleached White Flour; maybe 3/4 cup to 1/4 cup ratio; that should cut down on the Fat and Calories and make these very healthy!"

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msboop User ID: 81300 143740
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I made this because it sounds good and tasty, I agree with labloveralways, if you (sawpainter1) think its too high in calories, or isn't your cup of tea, just DON'T make it, don't complain!!!Just say NO...you are missing out on something good tho..."

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LabLoverAlways User ID: 1295775 138136
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"This is to sawpainter1: I too get frustrated with these types of receipes, but why not offer up some suggestions to lighten it up rather than complain."

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mrsgreinke User ID: 1254542 150301
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"For those who poo-poo the small size of the bars, and I admit I am very watchful for recipes that are deemed "healthy" only to find out they are loaded in fat and sugar simply because they are tiny - try making some healthy substitutions such as using Splenda instead of the sugar when simmering the dates. You may also use 3/4 C. all-purpose flour and 1/4 C. whole wheat flour. Another idea would be to substitute Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Give it a try, you might be surprised."

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sawpainter1 User ID: 1626479 122323
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I did not try the recipe, and I won't make it. The new thing these days is cut a dessert in 16- 2"X2" piece and call it healthy. Cheesecake cut that small is healthy! I have personally boycotted any recipe made in a 8"X8" pan. Really there is a cup of brown sugar at 836 calories and 1/4 cup of white sugar at 190 calories in this recipe, and lets not forget the 500 calories of melted butter. healthy, I don't think so... Sorry to sound negative but I'm tired of wasting my time looking at so called healthy recipes that are really a 2 inch piece of a fat and sugar."

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kbabe User ID: 623780 150299
Reviewed May. 30, 2008

"Looks good- can't wait to make them"

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