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Orange-Date Oat Bars

These bars will satisfy your sweet tooth without sending you on a sugar high.



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½ cup orange juice
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1 ⅓ cups chopped dates
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1 Tbs. grated orange zest
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2 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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1 ⅓ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
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1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
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1 cup packed dark brown sugar
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½ tsp. baking soda
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½ tsp. salt
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¾ cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
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½ cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Simmer juice, dates, zest, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 cup water 15 minutes over medium heat, or until thickened.

3. Pulse oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and remaining cinnamon several times in food processor. Add shortening, and blend until combined.

4. Press half oat mixture in prepared pan. Top with date mixture. Add pecans to remaining oat mixture. Press on top.

5. Bake 50 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Cool, and cut into bars.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
12 g
Saturated Fat: 
3.5 g
37 g
118 mg
2 g
24 g
Makes 16

Comments on this Recipe

Too much sugar and "all-purpose four'. Surely there is something better out there? Oat perhaps?

After grating the zest of two oranges I made and added fresh squeezed OJ to these delectable bars. Personally I think a full cup of brown sugar is too time I am going to use 2/3 cup packed and I think I'll add rhubarb to the date mixture too.

I enjoy reading Veg Times ... but I have to say ... a healthy snack does NOT include 24 grams of simple sugar. I baffles me why VT touts recipes like this as "healthy" alternatives. Tarnishes your rep!!!

a full cup of sugar??? This is supposed to be healthy???

I agree with the comments about the sugar and flour. I'm disappointed that these recipes are so unhealthy. I'll have to tweak them to improve how unhealthy they are. Sugar and white flour are not healthy and I'd expect more from this site. I've been searching all over the internet this weekend, and all of these vegetarian/vegan sites have recipes loaded with sugar, fat, and processed foods. So you're eating veg and you think you can load up on sugar???? huh? Very disappointing. My issue is finding a good substitute for the high-glycemic index sugar in the right proportions for the recipe. I shouldn't have to experiment that much.