Classic Date Bars Recipe


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In35 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4
VegetarianMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Pitted dates1⁄2 Pound
 Water1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Rolled oats1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
 Whole wheat flour1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Brown sugar2 Tablespoon
 Ground allspice1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Butter1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 615 Calories from Fat 226

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g39.7%

Saturated Fat 14.9 g74.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 60.5 mg

Sodium 6.3 mg0.3%

Total Carbohydrates 93 g31%

Dietary Fiber 11.6 g46.5%

Sugars 44.2 g

Protein 10 g20.6%

Vitamin A 14.3% Vitamin C 0.79%

Calcium 5.6% Iron 17.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Put the dates and water in a small saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes or until the dates are soft.
Mash the dates into a pulp.
Set aside to cool.
Mix the oats, flour, sugar and allspice together.
Rub in the butter and mix well together.
Lightly butter a 1 1/2 inch (3-cm) deep, 8-inch (20 cm) square pan.
Spread half the flour and butter mixture over the bottom of the pan, pressing it down evenly.
Spread the date pulp over the top and the remaining flour and butter mixture over the dates with your finger-tips.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven.
Cut the mixture into bars in the pan.
Let cool completely before removing from the pan.