Date Bars

15 mins prep + 18 mins to bake
? 10 normal size bars
Recipe from:

150g oats (divided)
50g desiccated coconut
100g dates
50g walnuts
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2 tbsp ground flax
50g coconut oil

Date Layer:
200g dates
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
1 tbsp hot water (if needed)

Preheat oven to 170ºC. Add 1 cup of oats to a food processor bowl, and process until a flour forms. Add coconut, dates, sea salt and baking soda, and process until the dates are fully broken up. Add the other 1/2 cup oats and walnuts, and pulse 8-10 times, until the walnuts are chopped, but still a bit chunky. To the food processor bowl, add the egg, flax and coconut oil, and pulse until combined. Reserve 1/2 cup of oatmeal mixture to use as a topping. Line pan with baking paper (about 20cmX20cm). Add the rest of the oatmeal cookie mixture to the pan and press down into an even layer (put baking paper over the top, it is then easier to press down).
Rinse out the food processor, and add date layer ingredients. Pulse 10-15 times, until the dates are broken up. Then, process for another 3-4 mins, until the dates take on a light, whipped caramel colour. If you soaked the dates, this process should be very easy. If your dates were soft, so you opted not to soak them, and they are not whipping up nicely, you can add 1-2 tbsp of hot water to help them process smoother.
Carefully, using wet hands to press it down and smooth it, add the date later on top of the cookie layer. Using wet hands will keep the layer from sticking and pulling up the cookie layer. Crumble the reserved oats mixture over the top.
Bake for 15-18 mins at 200C. Store in the fridge.

Price: £4.70 (based on Sainsbury’s prices)
Notes: The best snack I have had in a long time. The date layer tastes like caramel and it’s very filling.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice photo – it looks like your bars turned out beautifully.

    However, you copied my recipe exactly, even using my instructions. This isn’t a practice that is going to be looked on kindly by food bloggers who put a ton of time and energy into creating these recipes, testing them, and writing them out. While recipe ingredient’s can’t be copyrighted, the instructions are automatically copyrighted, and you don’t really explain well in your recipe description that this is someone else’s work.

  2. fastandcuriouscooking says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Thank you, I really enjoyed the bars. I am sorry if my blog came across this way. As I have explained in my introduction post, this blog was set up to collect my favourite recipes and keep them in one place, mainly, for myself but for people who are interested too. Therefore I haven’t mentioned anywhere that those recipes are mine and clearly putting the source in the each recipe so people can go to the original one if they wish to. I am really sorry if it is not clearly enough labelled, I will rethink the wording to make it even clearer. I enjoy cooking but definitely would not call myself food blogger (at least not at this point) and I really appreciate the effort food bloggers put into creating new recipes. I have been very inspired by amazing recipes like your “Date bars” and thought if I like some recipes I would pass it on with of course crediting the person who created it.
    Again, sorry if it didn’t come across clear enough.

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