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Date Oatmeal Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


16 servings

In no time at all, these bars will be ready for your family. They'll be surprised at how light and tasty the treats are. —Helen Cluts, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Date Oatmeal Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place dates, water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter and egg white. Press half the mixture into an 8-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread carefully with date mixture; top with remaining oat mixture.
  3. Bake until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 182 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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