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Maple-Date Bars

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Yield 20 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
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!)

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°.

  3. 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.

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Cook's Notes

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