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


  • 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

1 piece: 56 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  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

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