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.