Oatmeal Date Bars
|Pitted whole dates||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), chopped|
|Water||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||2 1⁄2 Tablespoon|
|Margarine||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), softened|
|Firmly packed brown sugar||2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)|
|Vanilla extract||1 Teaspoon|
|Regular oats||1 Cup (16 tbs), uncooked|
|All purpose flour||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Whole wheat flour||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Vegetable cooking spray||1 Tablespoon|
Combine dates, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently.
Cream margarine; gradually add brown sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla, beating well.
Combine oats and next 4 ingredients; add to creamed mixture, stirring until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Press 2 cups oat mixture evenly into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; set remaining oat mixture aside.
Bake at 375° for 5 minutes or until crust looks puffed.
Spread date mixture over prepared crust, and top with remaining oat mixture.
Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden.
Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Cut into bars.
Serving size: Complete recipe
Calories 2487 Calories from Fat 672
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 76 g116.6%
Saturated Fat 13.1 g65.4%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1015.8 mg42.3%
Total Carbohydrates 452 g150.7%
Dietary Fiber 28.7 g115%
Sugars 292.2 g
Protein 26 g52.3%
Vitamin A 52.4% Vitamin C 30.4%
Calcium 26.5% Iron 61.8%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet