Oat Date Bars

These tasty little bars are a snap to make. High in fibre and packed with wholesome ingredients, they make a sweet ending to any meal.


  • 2 cups cooking dates (about 48)
  • 1¼ cups whole grain flour (e.g., whole wheat pastry, oat, light spelt)
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup canola, olive or coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a small heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over dates to cover; let sit 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, flax, oats, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk milk, oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients to combine.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer dates to a food processor. Add 3 Tbs date water and purée until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula. Set aside.
  5. Press three-quarters of the dough into prepared pan (wet hands with water to prevent sticking). Spread date paste over dough, and scatter remaining dough on top.
  6. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool, and then slice into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Per square: 155 calories, 5 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g trans), 79 mg sodium, 4 g fibre, 2 g protein


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