Chewy Date Oat Bars

These Chewy Date Oat Bars are packed full of dates, prunes, dried fruit, coconut, almonds and oats.  A delicious and healthy snack!

I’m in love with dates, and I’m on a mission this year to include them in much more of my cooking and baking.  They’re so sweet, soft, delicious and healthy. And when they’re added to baking recipes, you’re guaranteed a flavourful, moist and tasty treat.  My love affair with dates all began after I made this Sticky Date Pudding Bundt Cake and served it for Christmas, then I wanted all. the. date. recipes.  So I’ve been slowly gathering them together and I’ve been busy baking.  Truth be told, I’ve always loved dates.  Give me a Matrimonial Bar any day of the week!

Chewy Date Oat Bars

Now onto today’s recipe!  These Chewy Date Oat Bars have been on my must-bake list for years. I first had a variation of them at a photography retreat I attended where they were served as a snack.  From the first bite I fell in LOVE, and had to have the recipe.  Thankfully Aileen, who made them, shared the recipe, and now after all these years I finally made them too.  What took me so long?!

Chewy Date Oat Bars

Chewy Date Oat Bars

These bars are packed full of dates, prunes, dried fruit, coconut, almonds and oats.  SO good and so healthy.

Chewy Date Oat Bars

They’re a power packed bite of goodness that you can take on hikes, eat for a snack at that 3:00-in-the-afternoon-energy slump, or enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast.  They’re really delightful.  Delightful is a perfect word for them.

Chewy Date Oat Bars

And the kids love them too!  Even those that *think* they don’t like dates.  The dates bake down so smooth and creamy that no one even knows they’re there.  But I do.  And I love the brown sugary taste they add to these bars.  I hope you love them too!

Chewy Date Oat Bars

Baking Tip!

With the leftover sweetened condensed milk from making these oat bars, you can make these Condensed Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Chewy Date Oat Bars


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36 small squares 1x

Description

These Chewy Date Oat Bars are packed full of dates, prunes, dried fruit, coconut, almonds and oats.  A delicious and healthy snack!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran or ground flax (I used oat bran)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used shredded sweetened coconut)
  • 1/4 cup crushed slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped prunes
  • 1/3 cup chopped raisins or dried cranberries or dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, flour, oat bran, coconut, crushed almond, chopped dates, chopped prunes, and chopped raisins or apricots).  Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl melt together the coconut oil and condensed milk until it is a smooth mixture (don’t cook it, just melt it). Then stir in the baking soda.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. I used a mixer to do this.
  5. Press the mixture into a parchment paper lined 8×8 baking pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes (until the edges are slightly browned).
  7. Let cool, then cut into squares or bars.

  • Category: Snack

Keywords: dates, granola bars, oat bars, date bars, healthy snack

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