Low Fat Oatmeal Date Bars {SRC}

It's time for Secret Recipe Club again!  For those not familiar with the club, every month you are assigned a blog and you must make one recipe from that blog.  Then on Reveal Day we all post at the same time.  This month I was assigned the blog Cookin' with Cyndi.  After searching through Cyndi's recipes I settled on her Oatmeal Date Bars.  I've been making a lot of oatmeal lately and dates are always a hit in our home.  My kids love to snack on them.  My main changes to the recipe was to replace the butter with oil and applesauce.  I also used brown sugar instead of Splenda and included some all-purpose flour.  Bilal loved them and called them "Go-Bah" meaning granola bar.  It's so cute the way little kids try to say words.  Hasan used to call granola bars "Go-Ma-Ma".  I think you can switch up the date filling in these.  I'm thinking of trying it with some strawberry jam next time.

Low Fat Oatmeal Date Bars
Adapted from Cookin' with Cyndi

1 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a square baking pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking oil.

In a small saucepan add the dates and water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes stirring often.  Cook this until is becomes a thick paste.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flours, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.  Add oil, apple sauce and egg white.  Mix until everything is moistened.

In prepared baking pan, pour 2/3 of oat mixture and press into the pan.  Add the date mixture and carefully spread (I used a small offset spatula to do this).  Sprinkle the remaining  oat mixture and do your best to spread all around.  I was not able to completely cover the surface.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

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  1. These look great! I love both oatmeal and dates, and the combination of the two is awesome! Good looking bars! :)

  2. this sounds like a great pick for SRC :) yum!

  3. That is such a stunning picture of the bars!!! I love using oatmeal when I bake too!!! These bars sound super yummy!!!

  4. mmmm! I've made many bars, but no oatmeal ones -- should definitely go on my "to make" list!

  5. I love your adaptation - anything to lower fat and sugar is good for me. Glad you liked them!

  6. Your bars look amazing and I love that they're lower fat.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. ooh, these sound delicious + i love love love that they're low-fat. delicious AND healthified is always a win in my book!

  8. These sound absolutely yummy ... and they're healthy to boot! Great SRC pick!

  9. Thats a nice healthy recipe you've chosen!

  10. Healthy & Delicious !
    What more could one want !

  11. Love the combination and also very healthy!
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  12. What a GREAT recipe! LOVE it, it's lovely to meet you and your blog through SRC - visiting from group D and Lavender and Lovage! Karen :-)

  13. oooh i love dates! especially when they're wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with blue cheese. Or if they end up at second base ;) though i can imagine they'd be great as a bar as well.

    happy src reveal, friend!

  14. These sound like a great snack to have in lunchboxes - great SRC pick!

  15. Yummy! These bars look great and I love how they are healthy! :)

  16. Wonderful choice! Adding it to my "must make" list! (Visiting you from SRC Group D.)

  17. Oatmeal and dates is such a lovely combination! These bars look delish Asiya! :)

  18. While these look delicious, I'm with you, I think strawberry jam would be so good in these.


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