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Maple-Date-Oatmeal Bars

Yield 24 servings (serving size: 1 square)
Be sure to zest the orange before you squeeze the juice.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped pitted dates (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Nutrition Information

  • calories 124
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • fat 4.6 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 19.8 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 68 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle butter and juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  3. To prepare filling, combine dates, sour cream, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread date mixture over prepared crust; sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.