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Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars

Date Nut Bars

These Date Nut Bars are an old fashioned treat that never go out of style. Rich and so yummy!
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 -24 Servings
Calories 251kcal
Author Barb


For the Date Filling:

  • 1 lb chopped dates See Notes
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts toasted
  • 1 cup coconut

For the Crust:

  • 1 ¾ cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup butter melted


  • To Make the Filling
  • Boil dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes. Add the butter, vanilla, walnuts and coconut and mix thoroughly.
  • Set aside to cool a bit.
  • Prepare the crust
  • Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Firmly press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan.
  • Cover with filling mixture.
  • Top with remaining half of crust mixture. Press lightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; watch carefully and do not overbake.
  • Cut into squares when cool and store in an airtight container.


Dates are a pain to chop so I used to buy the pre-chopped ones from the grocery store but they were always dry. I noticed that they were coated in sugar too and it hit me one day that this is how they kept them from sticking together. Duh.
So, I put my pitted dates into a food processor and combine the dates with the sugar and chopped until they were a uniform size. So easy and no sticking!
No food processor? Simply put sugar and dates on cutting board and keep mixing them together; it will help to keep them from sticking to your knife and to each other!


Serving: 18 | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g