Nutty date bars

Nutty date bars


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About this recipe: A great snack, which is packed full of dietary fibre. They are moist, lightly spiced and incredibly moreish. For the best flavour, let them sit for a few days.


Makes: 24 bars

  • 75ml boiling water
  • 300g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 100g margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:3hr10min 

  1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over dates and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 26cm square tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and caster sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the dates, including any water; mix well. Sieve together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and bicarbonate of soda; stir into the date mixture. Then stir in the nuts.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, cut into bars and roll each bar in icing sugar.

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