I can’t control everything in my life but I certainly can control what I put in my body !!! Hmmm… I can only think..whoever said that … hasn’t eaten good food … 🙄…. just saying !!!
This recipe is the result of my friends’ who have been prodding me for a no white sugar, no white flour recipe but a sweet craving satisfier none the less.
I love this recipe as it uses the goodness of oats, whole wheat flour, dates, walnuts and jaggery to give you not only that sweet something but a spurt of energy when things get bleak.
Keep these refrigerated and in individual packets for a grab and go homemade breakfast bar. Also it makes a great addition to a food hamper !
Enjoy baking ❤️
Date Filling :
Pitted dried dates minced – 1 1/2 cups
Water – 3/4 plus 1/4 cup ( divided use )
Pure Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Walnut and Oatmeal crust :
Old fashioned rolled oats – 2 cups
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Jaggery/ palm sugar powdered – 1/2 cup
Walnut toasted and minced – 3/4 cup
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Cold butter cubed – 1 cup
Date filling –
Place pitted dates and 3/4 cup water in a sauce pan and cook for approx. 7 mins over low heat until dates are soft. Add the extra 1/4 cup water during the cooking, if needed to get a thick mushy purée. (Depending on the grade of dates, I find you need to adjust the water content )
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Cool.
Preheat oven to 175 C.
Grease a 9 inch square pan.
In a bowl mix together oats, whole wheat flour, jaggery powder, baking soda, salt. Stir. Add butter and mix until crumbly.
Layering the date bar –
Evenly press down half of the Oatmeal mix onto the greased pan with the help of a spoon.
Spoon the date filling evenly onto the crust.
Sprinkle remaining Oatmeal mix and press down gently with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 40 mins until golden.
Once it cools, refrigerate for 45 minutes until firm. Cut into squares.