Maple-Date Bars

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Topped with a crumbly cookie topping, these bars are filled with gooey, fruity goodness and make a unique dessert for school parties. (Just be sure to save a few for yourself!)

Yield:

20 servings (serving size: 1 bar)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 162
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 5 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 1.6 g
Carbohydrate 29.5 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 78 mg
Calcium 14 mg

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups finely chopped pitted dates (about 12 ounces)
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preparation

Combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 12 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. (Mixture will look like jam.) Stir in rind; cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Press 2 cups flour mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread date mixture over flour mixture. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

 

Note:

Wrap these moist bars individually, or place them in a cookie tin between layers of wax or parchment paper.

November 2005