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Healthy Date Squares

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  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Dates 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Butter 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole wheat flour 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Bran flakes 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Rolled oats 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon

Preheat oven to 400 °F (205 °C).
Butter a square 9 inch (23 cm) baking pan.
Set aside.
In a saucepan, bring to a boil water, dates and lemon juice.
Reduce heat.
While stirring, simmer until mixture thickens slightly.
Set aside.
In a bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.
Fold in remaining ingredients.
Over bottom of pan, press two thirds of mixture.
Cover with date mixture.
Pour remaining third on top.
Bake in oven 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven.
Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares.

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Healthy Date Squares Recipe