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Oatmeal Date Bars

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  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
  Salt 1⁄8 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.
Set aside.
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.

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Difficulty Level: 
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