Grandma’s Oatmeal Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
While I was growing up, I enjoyed my grandma's oatmeal bars every Christmas. This recipe reminds me of her and Christmastime as a child. And now I fix the bars for my family. —Nancy Hawkins, Brookville, Indiana
Grandma's Oatmeal Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound pitted dates, quartered
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • Whipped cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, combine dates, water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened and dates are tender, stirring constantly, 7-9 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and almond extract. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Press half onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Carefully spread with date mixture.
  3. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over filling; press down gently. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. If desired, serve with whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 207 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.