Oat-Date Bars

A basic bar recipe that yields ten naturally sweet, filling snacks for a pittance! Made primarily from dates they’re dairy-free and low in fat and sodium, with no added sugar.

Oat-Date Bars

 

Yield :

  • 16¬†servings
  • SmartPoints value : 13

Ingredients :

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped and pitted medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup solid coconut oil, see directions

Preparation :

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line an 8 x 8- inch pan with parchment paper and grease the paper with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  • Put measured coconut oil in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes until it becomes solid all of the way through.
  • Put water in a saucepan over medium high heat and allow to reach just a simmer. Add dates, and lower heat to medium low. Cook until a paste is formed, for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Add vanilla and stir.
  • Meanwhile, combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Dice solid coconut oil to form pea-sized pieces.
  • Add coconut oil to dry mixture and combine with hands to form a lumpy, moist crust.
  • Add half of the oat crust mixture to bottom of baking pan and press with hands to flatten evenly.
  • Spread the date paste in an even layer over the crust.
  • Add the topping, gently flattening with hands. Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares to serve.

Nutritional Info :

  • ¬†16 servings
  • Calories: 254
  • Total Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Sodium: 114 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 27 g
  • Protein: 3 g 
  • SmartPoints value : 13

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