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Double Date Bars

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Double Date Bars
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 32
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Looking for dessert bars? Then check out this recipe packed with dried fruits, nuts and oats – a double date delight!

Ingredients

Filling

1
(8-oz.) pkg. (1 1/2 cups) chopped pitted dates
1/2
cup raisins
1/4
cup sugar
1
cup water
1
teaspoon vanilla

Base

1
(1 lb. 0.6-oz.) pkg. date quick bread mix
1/2
cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2
cup chopped walnuts
1/4
cup quick-cooking rolled oats

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2 In medium saucepan, combine all filling ingredients except vanilla; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place quick bread mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in margarine until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of greased pan.
  • 4 Carefully spread filling over base. In small bowl, combine reserved 1 cup of base mixture and oats; mix well. Sprinkle over filling.
  • 5 Bake at 375°F. for 18 to 23 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.
Tips  

If you can't find packaged chopped dates, use 8 ounces of pitted whole dates and cut them yourself. Dates are sticky, so lightly coat the knife with nonstick cooking spray. Or try freezing the dates for 1 to 2 hours, and using kitchen scissors dipped in water to easily snip them. Eight ounces of pitted dates yield about 1 1/2 cups of chopped dates. One 2-ounce bag of walnuts yields about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

To dress up these bars for dessert, cut them into larger squares. Place the bars on individual plates and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a toasted walnut half.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
45
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
90mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
,
Sugars
15g
)
Protein
1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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