The Old Fashioned Crumble Date Bars are simple and oh so delicious! The perfect snack or dessert, these date bars are great with a cup of tea or coffee.
I love dates. They are the perfect naturally sweet bite that works great as a stand alone snack or in baked goods. And boy do they work well in these crumble date bars.
Naturally sweet dates don't need any added sugar in the paste so it's naturally lower in added sugar than other similar treats. Plus, eating dates is a great way to add fiber, nutrients and antioxidents to your diet!
This recipe is incredibly versatile date bar recipe is fabulous with a cup of tea or coffee and makes a great after school snack. My 2 year old nephew absolutely devours them! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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- Mixing bowls: I love these Pyrex glass mixing bowls.
- Sauce pan
- 9 x 13 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper: These Wilton 9 x 13 inch cake pans works great, you can also use a square pan of you prefer.
- Quick oats
- All purpose flour
- White granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- Lemon juice
- Vanilla extract
Yes, honestly any dried fruit works well for this recipe. Apricots are especially delicious.
Lining the pan with parchment paper ensures that nothing will stick. However, if you don't have any on hand you can prepare the pan with butter and flour or a baking cooking spray.
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Old Fashioned Crumble Date Bars
- 9 x 13 inch pan lined with parchment paper
- large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1.5 cup oats
- ⅓ cup white granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
- 3 cups dates, chopped
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, white sugar and brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix together. Then add cubed butter and use your hands to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly texture. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan combine chopped dates with water, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stirring frequently, cook on medium low for 5-6 minutes until a paste is formed. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down for about 10 minutes.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Reserve about 1 cup of the crumble mixture and pour the remaining into the pan pressing it down into an even layer. Pour the cooled date mixture on top of the crust and spread evenly. Then sprinkle the remaining crumble over the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for around 45 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then slice into bars and enjoy!