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4.45 from 20 votes

Date Bar

These delicious bars have a buttery cinnamon crust with a gentle bite and a light sugary oat topping.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best date bar recipe, date bar recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 375kcal



  • Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan with pan spray. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • Combine dates, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken up considerably. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, walnuts, rum and zest. Set aside to cool.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a Kitchen Aid bowl with the paddle attachment for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Spread 2 1/2 cups of the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Pat down the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan. Spread the date mixture on top. I like to use a mini offset spatula to spread the filing. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top and just gently press it down.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned on top. Let cool completely before cutting.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to a week.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.8mg