Wednesday, June 12, 2013

date oat bars

Looking for a new, semi nutritious snack to have around the house, I decided to have a go at date bars.  Simple ingredients, clean flavors, great textures, and not too sweet. To transform it into a decadent dessert, a scoop of vanilla almond ice cream on top would be mighty good.

2 cups oats
1 cup almonds
4 TB brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

8 ounces of dates, preferably medjool
1/2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup water

Grease an 8X8 pan, line with parchment and grease the parchment. Set aside.
In a cuisinart, pulse the oats and almonds until broken up, not into a flour but pretty ground.
Measure out 1 1/2 cup of this mixture into the baking pan, add 3 TB of melted butter, a pinch of salt, and 1 TB of brown sugar. Mix with your hands and press into the pan. Spoon out the remaining oat mixture in a bowl and set aside.
Using the cuisinart again, pulse together 2/3 cup of water, vanilla, and the dates until they're pretty creamy. Spread a thin layer on top of the oat/almond mixture in your pan.
Add 2 TB of brown sugar and the remaining 2 TB of melted butter together with the rest of the almond/oat mixture and sprinkle over the top of the date layer. Gently press and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

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