These sweet Oatmeal Date Bars are a perfect afternoon treat with tea or coffee. The oatmeal crust is sweetened with honey; the rich and creamy date filling is finished with an oatmeal crumble topping!
Oatmeal Date Bars
1 ½cupsunbleached all-purpose flour
½cupcoconutdessicated & unsweetened
To prepare the filling place pitted dates and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and stirring occasionally cook down to a thick and fairly smooth consistency. Stir in lemon juice and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together flour, oats, coconut, baking powder and salt. Add softened butter and honey stir to combine. Press about half of the mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes to set.
Spread date filling over bottom crust and crumble the remaining batter over top. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the crumb topping turns golden-brown.
Let the date bars cool down to room temperature on the counter, then cover and transfer to the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours before cutting and serving.