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Date Oatmeal Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

In no time at all, you'll be able to share these treats with your family. They'll be surprised at how light and tasty the snacks are. —Helen Cluts, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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 large egg white, room temperature

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place dates, water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter and egg white. Press half the mixture into an 8-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread carefully with date mixture; top with remaining oat mixture.
  3. Bake until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 182 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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