Oatmeal and Date Bars

"Very moist almost brownie textured bars. The dates are mixed in with the flavourful oatmeal base. Great served warm."
 
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Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
16
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a large bowl stir together applesauce, sugar, molasses, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in oats, flour, wheat germ, milk powder, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda; mix thouroughly; stir in dates.
  • Spray a 9 by 13" (3 1/2 L) baking dish with non stick spray; press batter into dish.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  • Cut into bars when still warm.
  • Makes 16 servings.

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Reviews

  1. Sugar Doll
    Delicious! I omitted the oil and molasses to cut back the fat and calories even more, and they still turned out great! They were definitely more cake like than brownies, but that was fine with me. Thanks for this healthy recipe!
     
  2. chefdownunda
    Wow, these were really good. I made them to the recipe, except I didn't have skim milk powder so I had to omit it (now I think I will go ahead and buy the skim milk powder just for this). I actually didn't know what to expect when I made these in terms of consistency and was pleasantly pleased to find they're kind have a brownie consistency - kind of like a thick kind of chewy cookie. I had never used dates in baking before, and I found they had a nice toffee like flavor and kind of melted into a chewy caramel like consistency. I baked half the batch for the recommended time and the other half for about 10 minutes longer until golden brown on top. Cooking a bit longer kind of softened the flavors a bit (which was good as I found the molasses was somewhat strong), and it also gave them a perfect combination of crunchiness and chewiness which I personally just love. But either way, these were delicious. Thanks!
     
  3. Aimee88
    Great recipe. Being in England, I used treacle instead of molases and didn't have any milk powder, so I elminated that. I was pleased with the moistness and taste and my husband decided that with the addition of walnuts this would be a fine substitute for date walnut cake that he adores. I baked it in a smaller dish, so they were a bit thicker and cakier. Well done!
     
  4. Chef lady di
    I gave this recipe 5 stars because it is really really good tasting and a nice cake like texture. I especially liked that it was low in sugar and fat. I did make some modifications however to accommodate the tastes of my family. The molasses were replaced by maple syrup. I omitted the wheat germ, milk powder, cinnamon and baking soda. I added 1/4 cup of soya milk and upped the date content to 1 cup. I baked it in a deep dish pie plate for 30 minutes, same temp. This would make a great breakfast dish. It is really good warm.
     
  5. J-Lynn
    Not what I was hoping for. I followed the recipe exactly, but the result was more cake-like than brownie. They are soft, but not moist. But it's such a healthy recipe that I might play around with it a little- increase the applesauce, sub honey for the molasses, and use wheat pastry flour...
     
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  1. Aimee88
    Great recipe. Being in England, I used treacle instead of molases and didn't have any milk powder, so I elminated that. I was pleased with the moistness and taste and my husband decided that with the addition of walnuts this would be a fine substitute for date walnut cake that he adores. I baked it in a smaller dish, so they were a bit thicker and cakier. Well done!
     
  2. caity
    these bars are fantastic. i substituted the oil for more applesauce, golden rasins for dates and whole wheat flour for the wheat germ and they still tasted great.
     
  3. BestTeenChef
    This tasted great! Very soft but full of flavor! I added the 1/2 tsp of maple extract but I used canola oil instead of peanut oil and it still worked out great! Thanks so much for this delcious recipe!
     

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