Kristin and I have been talking about getting a date bar recipe up here for awhile. I thought it would take a few tries but the 1st recipe I tried was awesome! I love the lemon flavor in the filling, it adds another flavor to this wonderful bar.-Sarah
1 3/4 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 t. lemon zest
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
- Combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook about 12 minutes until the consistency of jam. Stir in lemon zest.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In a bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir into butter mixture until crumbly.
- In a greased 7x11 pan press 2 cups of oat mixture. Spread with cooled filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture.
- Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes.