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Orange-Date Bars Recipe

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If you're looking to serve a lighter, more nutritious dessert, you'll appreciate this recipe. It's an appealing old-fashioned dessert that's full-flavored.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving equals 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat; also 56 calories, 12 mg sodium, 8 mg cholesterol, 6 gm carbohydrate, 1 gm protein, 3 gm fat.

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar, oil and juice. Cook for 5 minutes to soften dates. Cool. Add egg; mix well. Combine all remaining ingredients and stir into date mixture.
  2. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Orange-Date Bars in Country Woman May/June 1991, p36

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving equals 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat; also 56 calories, 12 mg sodium, 8 mg cholesterol, 6 gm carbohydrate, 1 gm protein, 3 gm fat.

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