Nutty date bars

    3 hours 10 min

    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.

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    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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    Finally a date bar that is moist and holds together. I shared these bars with my neighbor and she loved them as much as my husband did! I did increase the cinnamon to 1/4 teaspoon. I didn't use the confectioners' sugar, once we tried them without we decided they were perfect the way they were. Great recipe!  -  09 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! I made a few changes just for personal preference, I reduced the dates to 1 1/4 cups, added 1/4 cup of golden raisins, and increased the walnuts to one full cup. I also used 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of white sugar and added 1 tsp of vanilla. Also increased the cinnamon to 1/4 tsp and left off the powdered sugar as others suggested. Although I'm sure this would be awesome as it's originally written. I will be adding this to my recipe books.  -  01 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this is a delicious recipe. the only thing i added is a teaspoon of vanilla. once cooled in the fridge overnight, it was firmer and chewier to the bite. i love it!  -  09 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)