Mara Moorhead's Date Bars

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Mara Moorhead's Date Bars

For Filling:

2 Cups Chopped Dates (Apricots or Figs are fine too)

1 lemon (Juice and zest)

4 Tablespoons Water ( More if mixture seems dry)

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla extract

For Crust:

2 Cups Flour (Whole Wheat, All Purpose or Gluten Free)

1 Cup Old Fashion Oats

3/4 Cup Raw Sugar (you can use regular or brown sugar)

1Teaspoon Cinnamon

10 Tablespoons of Melted Butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with foil and spray the foil

with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan combine dates, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and

water. Cook over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until dates are soft

and spreadable. If mixture looks dry add a little more water.

While dates are cooking, assemble the crust.

Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter until mixture

comes together. Firmly press half the mixture into prepared pan. Spread

the date mixture evenly on top of crust. Cover the layer of dates with the

remainder of the crust mixture and press firmly to make the top crust.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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