Reduced Sugar Date Bars


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Cut down on your sugar consumption and still enjoy a delicious treat with this recipe. Use a brown sugar substitute for a sugar-free version and to reduce calories.

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  • Crust and topping:
  • 1 C. shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 C. uncooked oats
  • 2-1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • Filling:
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) dates, chopped
  • 1 C. boiling water

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together shortening, salt, oats, flour and brown sugar. Save 1/3 of the mixture for the topping and press remaining mixture into bottom of lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Cook dates

and water until thick (if too thick, add a little more water). Cool. Spread on top of crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 reserved oat mixture on top. Bake 20 to 30 minutes (they are more chewy at 30 minutes).

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