Date Bars Recipe


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅞ cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper. In a saucepan, combine the dates, 1/4 cup brown sugar, orange zest, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until dates are soft and the mixture becomes a thick paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Crust and topping: stir together the oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using a fork until crumbly. Stir in 2 tablespoons water. Press about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date mixture evenly over the crust all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture over the date layer. Press down lightly.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly toasted. Cool on cooling rack before cutting into bars.

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