Last week I was cleaning and repapering my in laws cabinets and found a tub of dates that were pretty much turning to sugar. My mother in law suggested I cook them and use as a filler for some date bars. I always found any kind of fruit bars time consuming and messy. But she found a date bar recipe that I haven’t seen before and after reading it, I thought ok this sounds very easy.
Cooking any fruit is a challenge on her stove, she has one of those flat top electric ones and mine is gas and always will be (I hope). After spraying the pot with Pam and adding a little water I started cooking them, of course I watched them cooking the whole time.
They cooked pretty fast and were done in 10 minutes.
This date bar recipe will work great for a quick dessert or for using your food storage items during an emergency. If you haven’t stored dates am sure that you have raisins or figs. We dried a bucket of figs two years ago and packed them in brown sugar Preserving Figs, we tried one not to long ago and found then to be delicious, but we need to use them because they are getting a little old. They have been stored in a plastic bucket with no oxygen absorber. So I will use this recipe for some of them.
About a pound of filling: dates, figs, or raisins
One 13x9x2 cake pan don’t grease
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar light
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 ½ cups quick oats
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour (you can use whole wheat) it will be darker
- ½ tsp baking soda
Mix all together in a bowl until damp. Pour half in the bottom of pan and spread with your fingers into corners and bottom of pan. Add the filling of your choice and spread the other half of topping on top and spread until all is covered.
Bake at 350 for 15 to 30 minutes. Bake until lightly brown on top. Cool and cut into bars.
I liked the date bars and am looking foreword to the fig bars.