Sugar Free Date Bars

    50 minutes

    These bars are deliciously moist and flavourful but don't have any added sugar. A delicious combination of dates, walnuts and prunes.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 1/2 cup pitted dates
    • 1/2 cup pitted prunes
    • 1/2 cup chopped raisins
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 125g margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cut dates and prunes into small pieces. Boil dates, prunes, raisins and water for 5 minutes. Add margarine. Mix and set aside to cool.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    3. Mix the eggs, vanilla and nuts. Add to the fruit mixture. Sift the flour, bicarb soda and salt and add to the fruit mixture. (If you want a spicy bar add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the flour.)
    4. Spread in 20x30cm pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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    I've tried so many sugarless recipes but this is by far the best! Tastes so much better than those packaged "healthy" breakfast muffins/bars and it's by far better for you! I added orange juice instead of water, used butter but cut it in half, threw in some nutmeg and cinnamon, and cut the white flour with whole-wheat, ground flax seed, and wheat germ. The resulting bars were SO flavorful, moist, chewy, and possibly a little too sweet! Next time I will only replace 1/2c water with orange juice and add less dates, and I might replace most of the fat with applesauce. This is for sure worth a try if you're looking for a healthy sweet snack without the refined sugar.  -  04 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I have been looking for a sugarfree recipe like this. Also, may I suggest something? Some diabetics can't have flour either; Instead of using a cup of flour, grind enough nuts to make an equal amount for replacement of flour. The nuts must be ground to a dustlike substance. Thank you again. I will let you know how they came out. April  -  13 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    People who knew these were intentionally sugarless loved them. I thought they were great! Kept half of the bars wrapped for a day which brought out the moistness of the fruit and rounded out the flavors. Excellent for mailing in "care packages."  -  04 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)