Date Bar Recipe
This Date Bar Recipe was a childhood favorite, although the whole mix came in a box back then. I’ve attempted to recreate the recipe from scratch using Shield’s Date Crystals after visiting their gardens and shop recently for a story here on EncinoMom.com. In addition to inventing Date Crystals, Mr. Shields is credited with introducing the Blonde date to the world. The taste is very smooth and almost caramely and the color is much lighter than other dates. It’s my new favorite! I don’t have a former favorite. I never knew they were so many varieties of dried dates. Learning that 90% of dates for the United States come from the Coachella Valley prompted my research and teased out the memory of this tasty treat.
Easy to prepare, this recipe yields approximately 12 square bars – not nearly enough for a party, but perfect for an after school snack.
Date Filing Mixture
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 cups Shield’s Date Crystals
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Oat Crust Mixture
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup (packed) brown sugar
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature – I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 coconut oil (the kind without coconut taste)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 8×8-inch metal baking pan. Add 1 1/2 cups warm water to 1 1/2 cups date crystals in a medium sized bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly and set aside. Allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in large bowl; stir to blend. Add butter/coconut oil blend. Using fingertips, rub in until moist clumps form. Press half of oat mixture evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread date mixture on top, leaving about 3/8 of an inch of the oat mixture uncovered at the edges. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; press gently. Bake until brown at the edges, golden brown and set in center (toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean), about 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into bars and serve.
Best price on Date Crystals is available directly from Shield’s. This is not an affiliate link.