Are you craving a healthy sweet treat? These Healthy Oatmeal Date Bars are your best choice for a guilt free snack. It has two layers of crunchy oats with sweet date paste sandwiched in between. It is delectable!
Sweet Oatmeal Date Bars are made with wholesome oats and sweet chewy dates. It is a delightful dessert bar. It is perfect if you are cutting down your sugar intake. I just adore sweets made with dates!
Healthy Oatmeal Date Bars!
Why I love these Delectable Oatmeal Date Bars
I know that it is easier and less messy to get an energy bar from the supermarket and just gobble it. But you will miss the joy of making yourself a special treat. Love and passion are never in the ingredients of bars at the store.
So, making your homemade oatmeal date bars will show your family, friends, and dear ones how much you care about them. Even your house will smell delicious!
These crunchy sweet oatmeal date bars are a relish with a hot cup of coffee. This combination makes my taste buds cry for more!
I always save some oatmeal bars for my “me” time lol. I set them in a small container and set them aside for when I have a chance to myself. These are also great for a snack break at work. You can share them with coworkers over some chitchat.
During a friends’ gathering, I always serve some oatmeal date bars that I prepare ahead.Enjoy them with coffee, you can try something like Iced Sea Salt Coffee or maybe some Cashew Coffee. Or stick to your regular cup of joe!
Love at First Bite!
Let’s Go Deep inside the Oatmeal Date Bars
Dates, brown sugar, and wholesome oats are staples in my kitchen. If you do not have them, you can easily find them in the nearest supermarket.
How I Love Dates!
Dates have a heavenly taste! They have a subtle sweetness and chewy texture. They are versatile. You can use dates for culinary, medical purposes or for religious practices.
Dates are so healthy. They have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This special fruit symbolizes prosperity in the Arab world.
Oatmeal! What a Healthy Choice!
How I love oatmeal! There is no harm in including it my daily plan meals. It has a high nutritional profile with many health benefits. It helps in controlling weight and has heart-healthy effect.
Brown Sugar for Sweet Oatmeal Date Bars
Well, it is known that brown sugar has fewer calories than white sugar. It also contains some healthy micronutrients. Whereas white sugar is plain sweet, brown sugar has molasses that gives it this beautiful brown color and a richer flavor.
Let’s Make Healthy Oatmeal Date Bars Even Healthier!
Want to really go homemade? I tried to make this recipe easy to make. But, if you like to really put the effort, you might want to make your own date paste. Why not? At least, you will be aware of what your paste includes.
How to Make Date Paste
Date paste is a natural sweetener that is super easy to make. Choose your favorite date type and pit it. Simmer some water and pour them over the pitted dates for few minutes. Then, move the dates to a blender.
Blend the dates till you get a smooth texture. If it is too thick, add some of the soaking liquid to get a thinner consistency. What a skillful chef!
Don’t You Want to Try a Bite? Irresistible!
Additional Flavors You May Try
Healthy Oatmeal Date Bars are perfect when you are craving for sugar. You can also add some extra light flavors for a dash of creativity. Yummy!
Do You Love an Extra Crunch?
Oatmeal Date Bars are delectable. But if you love to make an extra crunch, you can add some nuts. Crush some walnut or almond into the oatmeal mixture. You can also add some shredded coconut to the oat crust mixture.
Do You Love Citrus Flavor?
Adding a citrus flavor to the oatmeal bar gives an extra taste. So, go ahead and squeeze a lemon on top of the date paste. Then, stir it in till it infuses within the mixture. Give it a try!
Do You Love Extra Chewy Dates?
Dates are not only healthy, but they are also so delicious. So, you can double the filling for a larger date layer. You can also add some chopped dates to the date paste.
Tips and Tricks for Oatmeal Date Bars
When you spread the date paste, the bottom layer of oatmeal may pull up. So, it is better to use your fingertips instead of a spatula.
When you cut the tasty oatmeal bars, it may get messy. The crust may also fall apart. So, it is recommended to move the pan to the fridge for around 30 minutes for easy clean cutting.
If you are cutting down your sugar intake, you can cut down the brown sugar. The dates are already sweet, so the sweetness in the oatmeal bars will be slightly affected.
Indulge your tooth with an oatmeal date bar!
Frequently Asked Questions
After 2o minutes, you have to wait until the top layer is golden. Then, your bars are ready!
Yes of course! The ingredients include coconut oil instead of butter for vegan diet. they will love it!
This recipe calls for white flour. But you can choose any gluten-free flour and follow the same instructions. Enjoy!
How to Make Oatmeal Date Bars
Oatmeal Date Bars may seem a bit intricate to make. But in the following, I have provided the ingredients you need and clear step-by-step instructions. Super Easy!
- Coconut oil or butter
- Coconut brown sugar or any sugar of your choice
- Whole wheat flour or white flour
- Old fashion oats
- Baking soda
- Date Paste
Easy Clear Steps
Start by preheating the oven at 375F. Grease a 9X13 baking sheet with cooking oil spray.
Second, cream the coconut oil or butter and brown sugar with a whisk for about 1 minute. Then, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a spatula.
Now, add the oats and mix well. The mixture might be a bit crumbly but it will press together.
Let’s set the oat crust. So, sprinkle half the dough into the prepared baking pan. Press the dough down with your fingers or spatula to an even layer all across the pan bottom.
Spray hands with cooking oil spray. Now, take the date mixture and mold it flat to form patches. Gently press out the filling for a solid layer across the complete bottom of the crust.
Finalize the pan by sprinkling the rest of the dough over the filling layer of date paste. Press them down with a spatula.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow cooling for 20 -30 minutes before cutting. Serve and enjoy!
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Healthy Oatmeal Date Bars
- 1 cup coconut oil or butter
- 1 cup coconut brown sugar any brown sugar of choice
- 1½ cup whole wheat flour or all purpose white flour
- 1½ cup old fashion oats
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 13 oz pack date paste
- Preheat the oven at 375F and grease a 9×13 baking sheet with cooking oil spray.
- Cream the coconut oil or butter and brown sugar with a whisk for about 1 minute.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a spatula.
- Add the oats and mix well. It will be a crumbly mixture but it will press together.
- Sprinkle half the dough into the prepared baking pan.
- Press down with your fingers or spatula to an even layer all across the pan bottom.
- Spray hands with cooking oil spray. Now take the date mixture and mold it flat to form patches.
- Gently press out the filling for a solid layer across the complete bottom of the crust.
- Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the filling layer, and press down using a spatula. Bake for 25-30minutes. Allow cooling for 20 -30 minutes before cutting.
Would love to try this – How many dates are needed for mixture, or how much date paste do you use?
Hi! Sorry about that. I just fixed the recipe card and added that in there. 1 (13oz) date paste packet! 🙂
Made my house smell great and the taste was incredibly delicious. Took some to my colleagues and they couldn’t believe I made them. Thank you
approx how many cups of dates to make the required date paste? thanks!!
Hi! About 1 1/2 cups of date paste. Add a little cooking spray oil on your hands and flatten out the date paste to place in the center. You can also purchase date paste on Amazon if you choose 🙂