Oatmeal Date Bar Recipe

The oatmeal date bar recipe is a nutritious great tasting snack!

 

Ingredients
Crust:
2 cups quick-cooking oats, finely ground
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

Filling:
3 cups chopped dates (about 1 pound)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

Hardware
Whisk
Large bowl
2 x medium bowls
2-quart saucepan
Food processor or blender
13x9x2-inch baking pan
Rolling pin
Mixer

Step 1: In a blender or food processor, process oats until finely ground; set aside.
Step 2: Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 4: In a large bow, cream together shortening and sugar with an electric mixer.
Step 5: In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 6: Add oat mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir well.
Step 7: Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll out half of dough to fit the prepared 13x9x2-inch baking pan.; set aside.
Step 8: In a 2-quart saucepan, combine dates, sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Cook until thickened, about 6 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Spread over crust.
Step 9: Roll remaining half of dough to fit pan; place over filling and seal edges.
Step 10: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Step 11: In a medium bowl, combine all glaze ingredients. Spread over bars while war. Cool before cutting into bars.

The oatmeal date bar recipe makes 36 bars.

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