Date Bars


These date bars are a Canadian traditional made with a crisp buttery oat base and crumble topping and a candy, sticky date filling. They’re excellent for snacking, potlucks, or an informal dessert.

Sixteen date bars on a piece of parchment paper on a round oval tray.

Adapted from Emma Zimmerman | The Miller’s Daughter | Hardie Grant, 2022

This date bar recipe will make you buddies. At least, that’s the way it labored for my buddy Lucie. She handed round a tin of her mother’s date squares at my very first McGill graduate seminar and I made a decision then and there that this woman could be my new BFF.

Luckily for me, she turned out to be good, humorous and dependable, on high of getting nice style in baked items. Our blossoming friendship was enriched by extra shared tins of sweets from her mother, together with a whole Canadian training – from ice fishing and maple tapping to canal skating and poutine consuming.

I found that date squares are a traditional Canadian potluck staple, so it is smart to provide them an replace with Canada’s personal heritage wheat, Red Fife. This recipe is called after the completely charming village on the Ottawa River the place Lucie grew up: Burnstown, Ontario.–Emma Zimmerman

Date Bar FAQs

Where can I discover Red Fife heritage flour?

We’re glad you requested. Heritage flours are a treasure – however they could be a problem to supply. Thankfully, we now have the web. Our buddies at Hayden Flour Mills carry Red Fife merchandise.

What does Red Fife flour style like?

Slow Food Canada explains it finest by way of bread made with Red Fife “… a hay yellow crumb, with an intense scent of herbs and greens coloured with a light-weight acidity. The nostril has notes of anise and fennel, and within the mouth, the bread is unexpectedly wealthy with a barely herby and spicy taste.” We’ve additionally heard that it lends a young texture and a nutty, cinnamon-esque nuance to baked items. Sounds incredible to us!

Can I make oat flour at dwelling?

Yes, and it couldn’t be extra easy. Just add no matter kind of oats you could have at dwelling (fast cooking, old style, and even metal lower) to your meals processor or high-speed blender and mix till you could have effective textured flour, about 60 seconds.

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Date Bars

Sixteen date bars on a piece of parchment paper on a round oval tray.

These delicious date oatmeal bars have a crispy buttery topping and a candy date filling.

Emma Zimmerman

Prep 25 minutes

Cook 45 minutes

Total 2 hrs

Make the filling

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and line an 8-inch (20cm) sq. cake pan with parchment paper.

  • Place the dates in a small saucepan, add 1 cup water and convey to simmer over medium warmth. Simmer till the dates have softened, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the warmth and use a picket spoon to mash right into a clean paste.

    If you could have problem mashing your dates, pop them into the meals processor and blitz till clean.

  • Stir within the lemon zest and vanilla, then put aside.

Make the dough

  • In a meals processor, mix the flours, baking soda, salt, and floor spices, then add the butter and pulse till the combination resembles coarse cornmeal. Pulse within the brown sugar till evenly distributed.

  • Firmly press two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of the ready pan. Add the date filling, smoothing it out evenly with a spatula, then flippantly sprinkle over the remaining crumbly dough.

  • Bake till the highest is golden and the date filling is effervescent via the crumble, 35 to 45 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and permit the date bars to chill utterly within the pan.

  • Use a pointy knife to chop into 16 squares and serve. Leftovers will maintain in an hermetic container at room temperature or within the fridge for as much as every week.

Serving: 1barCalories: 273kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 40g (13%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 12g (18%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 30mg (10%)Sodium: 79mg (3%)Potassium: 199mg (6%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 27g (30%)Vitamin A: 356IU (7%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 30mg (3%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Originally printed September 21, 2022

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