You guys when I was growing up my mom made these things called datenut bars. It was a box mix and everyone in my family LOVED them. Thinking back on it I am kind of surprised by that. I mean how many young children like dates?
Anyway, I don’t remember who made the mix all I know is the one we liked isn’t made anymore. We have talked about those bars for years wishing the box mix was still available.
Well I set out to try to remake those bars or at least something close and yummy. I think this recipe is pretty darn close but at least I like it. To the point of I can’t have a full pan sitting in my house or a full pan will be sitting in my stomach.
So, the crust you put on the bottom and top is made out of oatmeal, almond flour, coconut flour, brown sugar, and butter – all yummy ingredients. You press half into the bottom of a 11×7 pan then the other half is sprinkled on top of the filling.
The filling is pitted and chopped dates, water, and sugar. Cooked down on the stove top until thick. Super easy. Cool for about 5 minutes before your pour over the bottom crust. Top with the rest of the oatmeal mixture and bake 25-30 minutes. Then the hardest part allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then ENJOY!!! YUM
2 Cups Dates, pitted and very finely chopped
1 ½ Cups Water
¼ Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cup Oatmeal
2/3 Cup Coconut Flour
2/3 Cup Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Butter
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Use a food processor to chop the dates very small pieces. Combine dates, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Then cook the filling on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until it has thickened. Allow to cool 5 minutes. If you prefer a smoother consistency or don’t want to clean the food processor before using it for the crumb base use an emersion blender.
In a food processor mix together all the Oatmeal, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, and butter. Split in half.
Press half into a greased 11×7 glass baking dish. Pour filling over the bottom crust. Then sprinkle the other half of mixture over the top. I push the top topping down a little to help it stay together when cut, but this is a step you do not have to do.
Bake in oven at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes so it can finish setting up.