Date squares or date bars are a favorite sweet treat at my house.
Dates are not my favorite things, but I must say that even I love this recipe.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Rub or cut in the butter. Add the sugar and rolled oats. Mix it together well. Spread 1/2 inch of crumbs in a greased 8 inch square pan. Pat to make smooth.
To make the filling: In a saucepan boil the dates, brown sugar and water together until the dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork, adding sufficient water to prevent scorching. The mixture should be of a jam-like consistency. Let cool before layering over the crust.
Cover the crust layer evenly with the cooled date filling. Cover with the remaining crumbs. Pat to make smooth.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until pale brown. Leave the squares in the pan until they have cooled, then cut into squares.
Makes 12 to 16 squares.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 242; Calories from Fat 110; Total Fat 12.2g; Saturated Fat 7.4g; Cholesterol 31mg; Sodium 143mg; Total Carbohydrates 32.5g; Dietary Fiber 2.4g; Sugars 18.7g; Protein 2.6g; Vitamin A 7%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 2%; Iron 5%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
Date squares are a fairly healthy recipe too.
The dates themselves are very healthy for us.
They are also sweet, so you don't need to add too much sugar to the recipe.
The addition of oats to the topping and crust add another healthy ingredient.
Oats are actually on our list of the 10 healthiest foods to eat. You can read more about the powerful health benefits of oats here.
These sticky date squares are just one of our wonderful recipes for sweet treats. Find all of our easy dessert recipes here.
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