Maple-Date Bars | #recipe

I absolutely, positively adore dates. When I was a kid, I loved when my mom was baking something with dates; I’d always sneak a handful of those sugar-covered chopped dates out of the bag. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy them not only in baked goods, but in meals, as well. I love adding them to oatmeal and when I did a sugar elimination last December, I would eat two or three in the evening as a sweet treat. I cannot pass up a recipe featuring dates, and this one is no exception. From the oat crumble crust and topping to the date jam that is sandwiched in the middle, there is a lot to love about these bars.

Maple-Date Bars | #recipe

While my great Zia Lena’s Date Bar recipe remains my favorite to this day, these bars are quite different and may have just worked their way into #1A territory. The chopped dates are simmered with water and maple syrup until a thick jam forms. Once it’s cooled, it’s spread between layers of an oat-crumb crust.

Between the sweet date filling with a hint of flavor and the crunchy, crumbly bottom and top crusts, these bars make a fantastic treat. If you cut them smaller, they would be a great addition to any holiday cookie tray. Yes, I already have Christmas on the brain!

I’m thrilled to have found another delicious way to feed into my date obsession!

[This recipe was cut out of a magazine and in a stack of clippings from my grandma. Only the recipe was clipped, not an entire page, so I have absolutely no idea where it originated. If you recognize it, let me know what the source is, and I’ll add the credit below!]

Maple-Date Bars | #recipe

One year ago: Praline Waffles and Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch
Two years ago: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones and Mushroom Lasagna
Three years ago: Cumin and Fennel-Crusted Roast Lamb
Four years ago: Beer and Pretzel Soft Caramel Candies
Six years ago: Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake
Seven years ago: Sweet Dinner Rolls

Maple-Date Bars

A fabulous maple-date jam is sandwiched between a crumb crust and topping.
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For the Filling:

  • 12 ounces (340.2 g) pitted dates, finely chopped (about 1¾ cups chopped)
  • ¾ cup (187.5 ml) water
  • cup (0.02 ml) maple syrup

For the Crust & Topping:

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (81 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) salt
  • ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • cup (133.33 g) granulated sugar


  • Combine the dates, water and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 12 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently (the mixture will look like jam); cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, beat only until all dry ingredients have been moistened (the mixture will be crumbly).
  • Measure out 2 cups of the crust mixture and press evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the date mixture evenly over top, then sprinkle with the remaining crust mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before serving. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Nutritional values are based on one bar
Calories: 139kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.5mg

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