Sticky Date Bars

These bars are moreish - not good for my post pregnancy diet, but hey it's nearly Christmas so the diet can wait until January. In any case I'm in need of energy boosting snacks at the moment - who said second babies were easier!


| Serves: 12 Squares | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 40 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour |


  • 250g Dates, pitted, chopped
  • 200ml Water
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Bicarb of Soda
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 100g Porridge Oats
  • Pinch Salt
  • 175g Butter, diced


  • Step 1:Preheat oven to 180c/160CFan. Butter the sides of a 20cm cake tin and line with baking paper.
  • Step 2: Place the dates and water into a pan and bring to a simmer - cook for 10 minutes until syrupy. Cool to room temperature.
  • Step 3: Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar, oats and salt. Add the butter and rub in using fingertips.
  • Step 4: Press half mixture over base and press down firmly, spread over date mixture then scatter over other half of crumb mix and press down lightly.
  • Step 5: Bake for 40 minutes, cool then cut into squares.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 28th November 2009 |


  1. These look good, half crumble, half flapjack. Forget the diet, all the running around after two will make the weight fall off! You definitely deserve these.

  2. OOh Thank you. An old favorite - but I have lost/lent out the recipe so really pleased to see your post.

    Much better than anything in a nifty wrapper.

  3. I love dates and the toffee flavour they give to everything.
    These and a cup of tea would be perfect!

  4. These look so good, but I know my son wouldn't eat them, and OH and I can't afford the extra calories of eating something like this by ourselves.

  5. There is always room for another tasty treat over the holidays.

  6. Wow these bring back memories, we used to always make a big batch of these to eat in the car when we went on holiday. They are really good!


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