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

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.

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.

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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