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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!)

Recipe by Cooking Light November 2005

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Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

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

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Chef's Notes

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

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; calories from fat 28%; fat 5g; saturated fat 2.3g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 29.5g; fiber 1.8g; cholesterol 12mg; iron 0.7mg; sodium 78mg; calcium 14mg.
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