Walnut Date Bars

January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I woke up today to a gray sky and saw the white branches. Oh-oh…snow. Luckily not too much.

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I know many say why live in Vermont if you don’t like snow? Well I used to like snow, but this year for some reason I want to fast forward to spring. And I know I shouldn’t wish the time away, it was my New Year’s resolution after all. Maybe I just need some extra Vitamin D, or a SAD lamp, or a vacation in the islands. Yes, I think that would do it. Anyone?

Short of that, I decided to bake. Something quick and healthy to eat while looking out at the tundra. So I made these date bars. They’re cooling right now so I’ll put the coffee on while I write this.

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Ingredients:

2 cups chopped and pitted dates, I used Medjool

1/4 cup water

2 TBL maple syrup

1/3 cup sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup flour, I use white spelt

1 cup oats

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8″ baking dish.

Combine dates, water and maple syrup in saucepan. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Beat butter and sugar with a mixer about 2 to 3 minutes until well combined.

Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt to the butter mixture and stir well to combine. It will be crumbly.

Take 2 cups of the oat mixture and press into the baking dish.

Top with the date mixturecs and spread evenly over all. It will seem thin but its very sweet.

Add the chopped walnuts to the remaining oat mixture, then sprinkle this over the dates.

Bake about 20 to 30 minutes until brown.

Let cool a bit before cutting in if you can help it. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted slightly from Cooking Light.

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