Date Bars

I’m back again this week, I told you I would be following up on my Hello Dolly Bars with a healthier “bar”.  These are Hubby’s absolute favorite, and it is actually my mother-in-law’s recipe.  They are easy to make and like I said before,  a nice breakfast bar.  I’ve used different types of dried dates, regular dried dates in their original form or the smaller dried dates that are processed (not processed like a Cheeto-“I still love you Cheetos!”) and coated in flour.

Date Bars (family recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (I use coconut oil, heated in microwave until liquid)
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I use pecans, but you can use whatever you desire)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Date Filling:

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) dried dates
  • 3/4 cup water (add incrementally, may need less than 3/4 cup)

Place dates and water in a small pot over low to medium heat, cover and simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until soft.  Remove from heat and stir until mixture becomes thick.

Mix the  ingredients listed above and spread half on the bottom of a greased 8×8 inch pan (pat down into what will be the bottom crust).  Spread with date filling and crumble the rest of the oat mixture on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool and cut into squares.

Oat mixture

Date filling on the stove top

Ready for the oven

Date Bars

Hubby, my parents and I are heading up to Whistler, British Columbia for the long Labor Day weekend.  Hubby and my Dad will be playing some golf, my Mom and I will be getting facials and doing some shopping.  It’s a much-needed getaway that I’m looking forward to.

I will see my RE next Wednesday to figure out our next move on the IVF journey.  But, for now, I’ll be enjoying myself and trying to free my mind of all the worrying and heartache.

What are your Labor Day plans???!

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10 thoughts on “Date Bars

  1. Those sound yummy! Two recommondations in Whistler (I am sure you have a bunch): The first – Crêpe Montagne – far end of the village away from the Mountain nearish to the grocery store. Whole in the wall, but brilliant. The second – is at Creekside (south of main Whistler village about 5 minutes) Creekbread Pizza. Woodfired pizzas, total mellow vibe. Both have facebook pages and websites if you want to look them up. Hope you have a great time, we love Whistler!

  2. These look great Nikki! I’ll have to try them out, I’m starting up P90x again and they seem healthy enough to mix into the diet for a treat once in a while!! 🙂 Have fun this weekend, glad you guys are getting away to have some fun! We have a mellow Labor day weekend, so I see some reading in the sun in my future.

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