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The Best Date Bars Ever

The Best Date Bars Ever are three layers of heaven.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Calories 195kcal

Ingredients

  • Make the date filling first because it needs to cool.

Date Filling

  • 2 cups dates pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • ½ cup almonds , finely ground - not to a meal but finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Oat Crust

  • ¾ cup dairy-free butter , softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

Date Filling

  • Put the dates in a Food Processor, and chop too fine pieces.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan add chopped dates, water, and sugar.
  • Stir and cook over medium-high heat and then turn down and cook until the mixture is thickened.
  • Add the vanilla extract, almond extract and finely ground almonds.
  • See it's thickness in the photo below. It is very very moist.
  • Spoon into a bowl and let cool down because you will be pressing this out, with your fingers, onto the bottom layer of the crust.
  • Lightly grease a 9" x 13" baking pan - set aside.

Oat Crust

  • Cream the butter and brown sugar with a Hand Mixer, until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix.
  • Add the oats and mix well.
  • It will be a crumbly mixture but it will press together.
  • Sprinkle half the dough into the prepared baking pan.
  • Press down with your fingers to an even layer all across the pan bottom.
  • Now take the date mixture and dab teaspoons full here and there across the bottom layer in the pan. It will be easier to spread this way.
  • With your fingers - gently press out the filling for a solid layer across the complete bottom of the crust.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the filling layer.
  • Make sure it is even. Then press the top crust with your hand to make a solid layer. I use my fingers and the palm of my hand. It doesn't take much pressure.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Cut into squares while it is still warm.
  • Cut to make 4 squares across and 6 squares down and that will be 24 bars.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg