Date Nut Bars

These Date Nut Bars are for all of you looking for something that isn’t overly sweet, and a bit on the fruity/nutty side.

Date Nut Bars consist of two yummy layers: a not-too-sweet date and walnut layer sandwiched between two light, buttery layers of oats and brown sugar. The date layer is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to give it a nice warm flavor with just the right amount of spice, which goes really well with the sweet crumb layers.

I don’t know why, but I feel pretty healthy when I’m eating these, too.  Must be the dates and nuts and no chocolate…

Date Nut Bars

Makes about 2 dozen bars 


  • 3 cups dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped*
  • 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups quick oats


  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, combine the dates, sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
  • Once thickened, remove from the heat, and stir in the walnuts.  Let cool while you prepare the cookie base.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • On low, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and oats, and mix until combined.
  • Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Spread the date nut filling over the oat layer, then top with the remaining oat mixture, pressing down slightly with your fingers.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Let cool completely before enjoying!

*I used walnuts for the date layer, but feel free to substitute pecans.

Adapted from Food Network.

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Comments (2)

  • renata 11 years ago Reply

    They look absolutely delicious . Thanx for sharing .

  • R Taylor 11 years ago Reply

    These are perfect for me. I love a dessert that’s not very sweet. I’m sure I would be making some of these soon!

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