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Date and Almond Bars. March, 2024.

While I will always remain a chocoholic, there are times when other flavors can take precedence.

Of course, there’s nothing like serving a freshly baked dessert. Kind of an ego-trip!

For this bar, I use almonds, but pistachios or pecans are delicious alternatives. BTW, don’t worry about measuring chopped dates exactly. Get as close as you can to this amount.

  • Ingredients
  • Filling
  • 1 ¾ cups pitted and roughly chopped dried dates
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (1-2 oranges)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup blanched sliced or slivered almonds
  • Batter
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats (NOT instant)
  • ½ cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • Directions
  • Grease a 9” square baking pan. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Making the filling
  • Bring dates, orange juice, granulated sugar to a boil in a medium sized saucepan over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture should become thick.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the almonds. Set aside.
  • Making the batter
  • Measure the flour and salt and sift into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the oats, brown sugar. Add the butter pieces one at a time. Mix well.
  • The batter will be crumbly. Finish mixing with clean hands until you have a smooth consistency.
  •  
  • Press half of the oat mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • With a rubber spatula, spread the date mixture evenly on top of the oat batter.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the oat batter on top of the date mixture.
  • Use your hands. Press the oat batter gently down with a fork and no worries if a little uneven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is light brown and the edges are brown and pulling away from the sides of the baking pan.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for at least one hour. Cut just before serving.
  • Makes 12 – 16 bars.
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Product will stay fresh for 7-10 days at room temperature. Serve at room temperature.
If desired, refrigerate immediately for 3 weeks or freeze for 3 months.

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