Date Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.


3-4 dozen

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
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  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup broken walnuts, optional
  • 1-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Cook, stirring frequently, until thick. Stir in nuts if desired.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add oats and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add water and mix lightly. Press half into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread date mixture on top. Cover with remaining oat mixture; pat lightly.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 113 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.