Easy Date Bars

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is my mother's easy recipe for date bars. They are perfect as a lunch box snack or served with afternoon tea for guests.

    25 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 1 3/4 cups (150g) quick cooking oats
    • 1 3/4 cups (220g) plain flour
    • 1 cup (185g) packed brown sugar
    • 250g butter
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 cups (300g) dates, pitted and chopped
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 1/2 cup (125g) white sugar

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease one 20x30cm baking pan.
    2. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and bicarb soda. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.
    3. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the chopped dates with the water and the white sugar until the pulp is soft and well mixed.
    4. Layer 1/2 of the oat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the date mixture and then finish off with the remaining oat mixture. Press down slightly on layers to compact.
    5. Bake for 45 minutes or until top crust begins to brown.

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    I have made this recipe several times to serve at functions. Everyone loves it. It is just like the bars sold in the bakeries in Canada where I grew up. I was able to find soft wonderful dates which I could mash with a spoon, so I did that rather than add sugar & water and cook. They are great.  -  04 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a good recipe. My only change: I used a 8x8" pan instead of the 9x12" because I didn't seem to have enough oat mixture for both bottom and top layers. The end result was a thicker bar. Thanks for the recipe!  -  17 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Overall, this was a good recipe. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a snack or a dessert, but I thought it was way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar in the oatmeal/flour mixture. I used half whole wheat flour, half all purpose flour as other reviewers suggested, and thought the texture was perfect. They were very soft when I first pulled them out of the oven, but firmed up nicely after cooling for a while. These will work well for throwing in your lunch for a mid-afternoon snack.  -  26 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)