These Coconut Date Bars Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, Naturally

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It seems to me that dates, coconut and rolled oats just plain go together. These not-too-sweet bars will satisfy your sweet tooth, and leave you  feeling that you’ve eaten something nutritionally sound. Even in vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, that combination can be hard to come by. If you want to make these bars gluten free, substitute quinoa flakes for the rolled oats and brown rice flour for the whole wheat pastry flour. It’s a simple recipe–if you try it, let me know how you like it. Recipe after the jump…

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COCONUT DATE BARS

12-16 bars/ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

For the top and bottom:

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut

1 tablespoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup rice syrup

1/4 cup maple syrup

2-3 tablespoons water

For the filling:

1 1/3 cups (lightly packed) dates, pitted and chopped (start with about 10 ounces whole dates)

1 1/3 cups water

1 tablespoon rice syrup

1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

2. Pour the canola oil into the dry ingredients and stir well.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the rice syrup, maple syrup and water.

4. Add this mixture to the other ingredients. Stir well to thoroughly combine.

5. Spread a bit over half this mixture in a lightly-oiled 9-inch square or similarly-sized baking pan.

6. Combine the filling ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring just to a boil, then simmer slowly, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes or until you have a thick purée.

7. Spread the filling evenly over the bottom crust already in the pan.

8. Top with the remaining crust ingredients.

9. Bake in a 350 degree F oven 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top and around the edges.

10. Cool at least partially before cutting and serving.

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5 responses

  1. Most amazing tasting bars in this world. So delicious and satisfying with just the right amount of sweetness. Better than any cake and as good as a cookie. A simply magnificent dessert!

  2. Also, after reading the recipe I see that there are no nuts in this wonderful dessert. I could have sworn that there were walnuts in it! I never would have believed that something with such a high degree of deliciousness might not contain any nuts! I stand corrected. Who would have guessed?

  3. I really like this recipe! I didn’t have dates on hand so I used dried apricots instead, and it came out delicious. However, the bars were a bit “stickier” than I would have liked, and they are a bit high in sugar due to all the rice syrup and maple syrup. I would like to try it again and perhaps reduce the amount of syrups and oils and see how it comes out. Definitely a winner though!

  4. These are fantastic Gary, coconut and dates are definitely a winning combination. I was a little worried it would be too sweet but as mentioned above it was the right amount of sweetness.

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