Sunday, June 23, 2013


Date Oatmeal Bars are a wonderful treat anytime of the day.  Sweet and soft dates are sandwiched between not so buttery oat and flour mixture. They are easy to make, everyone will love them.

Since most of us eat way too much sugar in our diet, I try to use less sugar and more nutritious ingredients such as fruits, nuts and oat. My date bar recipe has these characteristics.  It  is a very nice alternative to have an easy  breakfast or snack instead of going into a fast food restaurant.

This dessert encourages us to prepare a simple meals from basic ingredients instead of expensive and less nutritious processed foods .I have tweaked the recipe as per my preference by omitting sugar in the filling and reduced the amount of butter used.  Really surprised to see that these bars were a great hit with my family.

I hope you will get to try these bars and enjoy them over and over again,

Yield   :    16 bars

1 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2  cup water

1.5 cups rolled oat
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 tablespoon melted butter
5 tablespoon milk
1 medium banana mashed


Place dates and water in a  small saucepan, cook over low heat about 10 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.  Remove and cool.

Combine oat, flour, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

In a small bowl whisk together butter, milk, banana and sugar.

Add in wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stir until well combined.

Lightly grease 8 in pan and preheat oven @ 180 C.

Press  half of the mixture evenly  in  bottom of the pan.

Using clear plastic, spread with filling.

Top with remaining dough over date mixture, press lightly.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Cut into bar while still warm.

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Premas Culinary said...

Very healthy and yummy recipe,too gud...

Guru Uru said...

These bars look so tasty, like sticky date bars ;)


mail4rosey said...

I do love dates and I rarely purchase any (why is that?). This looks really good.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

perfect breakfast..just yummy and so healthy too ! nice combo.

Monique Elisabeth said...

What a great recipe !! I'm trying to cut back on Sugar too, so this is something I really have to try !!
Have a great day.

zareena said...

Rich and healthy bar.

Winnie said...

No need to convince me - I LOVE date-bars.
I'm out of oatmeal but I'm going to get them urgently. My family would looooove these.

Medeja said...

Oh yes.. I can imagine that date filling really is yummy!

Tiffany said...

I'm doing the happy dance in my dining room right now!!! Want to know why?!?!?! Because I have all of these ingredients in the pantry! Guess who's about to go make some bars? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Rosita Vargas said...

Deliciosas y saludables barras me encanta,saludos y abrazos.

divya said...

Wow looks terrific... Drooling here

HindustaniSakhi Saheli said...


Wanda Ann Olsen said...

Thank you for sharing these at Tuesday Trivia. They look and sound delicious, love the banana in them, I bet their moist. Pinning!!! Check back Friday for the features.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

Juliana said...

I like the date filling...delicious with the oatmeal.
Have a great week :D

mjskit said...

You're right - we do eat too much sugar! However, dates do help us cut back on that. Love what you have done here with these bars! A great filling and the cookie top and bottom sounds delicious. Great bars!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

perfect combo ..for a lovely breakfast.. hey ! feel free to drop by my space too when you get the time. just posted on some handy parenting tips to "sane motherhood" on my "pick quicks" blog. Hope you will be a follower there as well. lets stay connected, beyond the kitchen.

cik cek said...

Lama tak singgah ke sini...harap sumenya sihate belaka...
Yummyyyy...makanan sihat yang menyihatkan..:)

Katerina said...

It is true beauty hides in simple things! I love your bars!

Holly McDonald said...

These look great and I love how wholesome the recipe is!

Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

Holly at Not Done Growing

Priya Suresh said...

Seriously wish i could get some bars rite now, drooling here.

Kathy Penney said...

These look yum! Pinned it. Thanks for linking up at All Things Pretty!

Christine said...

I gotta have some! YUM!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Akila said...

Wow... It's too good

Lita said...

Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend? My mom used to make these. I hadn't thought of them in forever. Thanks for the memory.

We're having a burger bash June 29 - July 3. Hope you can come by.

Wishes for tasty dishes,
Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

sue said...

These look great! I can't wait to try them! :) Thanks for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity PL.

Sue @

Susan@Organized31 said...

Yummy! You had me at dates. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

Maria said...

These sound so good!!!! I love dates, and these oatmeal bars sound absolutely delicious!

HungryLittleGirl said...

Two of my favorites in one! Oatmeal and dates are always in my house :)
Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see what you share next week :)

Diane Balch said...

How did you know that I am slightly obsessed with dates right now. I have actually been putting them in sandwiches. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

Robin Buster said...

These look so yummy! Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party! Looking forward to seeing what you're going to link up next week.

Robin @ Fluster Buster

anyonita green said...

I LOVE dates in baked goods :) Your bars look fantastic! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Katherines Corner said...

I haven't had dates in a long time. These look terrific! xo

Shobha Kamath said...

Gorgeous looking bars !

Balvinder Ubi said...

These bars look yummy!

moutushi said...

Made them today, absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Blair Lonergan said...

These bars look delicious! I love dates and I think they're totally under-used and under-rated! Can't wait to try these!

Stopping by from the Gingersnap Crafts link party!

Toodie said...

Hmmm...dates, banana and oatmeal. I'm not sure it can get any better than that. Definitely going to make these soon!


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