Thursday, April 16, 2015

Date Bars

BM # 51
Week : 3, Day : 4
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week: Healthy Bars and Biscuits

The week 3 has been divided in two segments, the first had biscuits and the second has healthy bars. When we decided on this baking theme for mega marathon, I felt it would be difficult to go through a whole month on this as all are health conscious and do not want to eat APF , butter and sugar. These three ingredients are a kind of must for baking. I have tried substituting these with whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar and oil, thus trying to make healthy bakes. 

This segment will feature three healthy breakfast bars. Dates are a must at our breakfast table, and while thinking of bars I immediately thought of including them in the bars. These bars turned out very very delicious and I realized that it had become my dessert for all three meals. I could say one of the best bars that I have made till date. You need to try them to know what I am saying.



Date Bars
Filling
11/4 cups water
16 - 18 pitted dates
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping
3 cups quick rolling oats
11/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon ( optional )
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water


Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C
Grease a 9 x 13 " pan.

Filling
Chop the dates.
Boil water.
Add the dates and salt and simmer till dates are soft and mushy.
Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
You will have a soft mashed filling.

Topping
Combine oats, flour , sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
Add butter and oil, and stir well.
The mixture should be moist but not wet.
If you find it dry, you could add more water.
Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the date filling, covering the entire crust evenly.
Pour the remaining half of the mixture over the top of dates.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Cut into bars or squares.




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15 comments:

  1. Yummy looks breakfast bars to start the day! I am actually eyeing that heart shaped mug. One clear see the shape in that last second picture. Such a cute one!

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  2. Those are some yummy bars with a delectable filling.

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  3. What a great way to start the day with this delicious bars...

    Looking forward to the other healthy bakes as well..

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  4. Such delicious treats to start the day Vaishali!

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  5. Healthy bars to enjoy the goodness of dates..Fabulous bars to enjoy anytime of the day..

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  6. They would make a great snack. I like the ingredients you have used.

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  7. amazing. Loved the tea cup and in heart shape and beautiful flowers

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  8. Wow, those dates in the center makes these bars soooo irresistible.

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  9. Wow! these bars sound amazing. Shall try them soon.

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  10. Such a healthy bar to start the day...

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  11. Healthy bars with a gooey filling !! Perfect

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  12. This looks like an interesting bake. I am guessing you can substitute the dates with dried cranberries, apricots etc. You are right about baking with healthy ingredients. I have been baking all items high in butter and flour. I didnt plan ahead properly, so now paying in 'pounds' (or kgs)

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  13. Looks like a healthy and nutritious bar. I have tried a cookie with date filling for last BM and loved it so much. So this too must have tasted amazing...

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  14. I have made something similar to this but with figs filling. I was not too much of a fan of the fig flavor, but the dates I would love. Such a perfect choice for breakfast or mid morning snack!

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  15. Wow this is one bar that Hubby will love. Will come back to it and to you with questions of course. :D

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