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Oatmeal Date Bars | Magnolia Days

Oatmeal Date Bars

Oatmeal Date Bars are sweet, crumbly treats with chewy dates and crunchy pecans. They are a great snack and terrific crumbled over ice cream.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 bars
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the date layer:

  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

For the oatmeal layers:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish. Line bottom and up two sides of baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly grease parchment paper.

For the date layer:

  1. Place dates, flour, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Toss to coat dates with flour and brown sugar.

For the oatmeal layers:

  1. Cream butter in a large bowl. Gradually add brown sugar, beating well.
  2. Whisk together flour, oats, pecans, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and beat to combine. Mixture will be crumbly.

For the bars:

  1. Press half of the oat mixture evenly into the baking dish.
  2. Top evenly with date mixture.
  3. Press remaining half of oats mixture over dates.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish.
  5. Remove from pan and cut into bars, approximately 1 1/4 X 3 inches.
  6. Bars will crumble on the edges when cutting. Save those crumbles! They are a great ice cream topping.

Recipe Notes

Oatmeal Date Bars are sweet, crumbly treats with chewy dates and crunchy pecans. They are a great snack and terrific crumbled over ice cream.