Oatmeal Date Squishies

I use the crumb crust for this recipe in a lot of desserts...It's so good I have to stop myself from eating it all before I even bake it! These desserts remind me somewhat of the seasonal pumpkin shaped Little Debbie cakes they have around Halloween.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup stick margarine or butter
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
For the date filling:
  • 3 cups cut up pitted dates (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
Method:
For the date filling...cook the dates, sugar, water & allspice over low heat till thickened (I mash it a bit with a potato masher). Set aside.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease bottom & sides of a rectangular 19 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Mix brown sugar & margarine (or butter) in a bowl. Add flour, oatmeal, salt & baking soda till crumbly. Press half of crumb mixture into bottom of pan. Spread date filling over crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture, press lightly. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars while slightly warm (although I love these cold out of the 'fridge!).

They actually ate these for breakfast!

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6 comments:

Kumudha said...

Oatmeal date squishes look delicious!

meeso said...

Thanks Kamudha...they are really good :)

Maheswari said...

oh....those are perfect looking squishes..and very easy to follow recipe..actually i have some dates in the fridge..will give it a try..

meeso said...

Thanks Maheswari...they are very easy to make, hope you like them :)

Vcuisine said...

They are lovely. My all time favorite. Viji

kahliyalogue said...

mmmmmm...delicious! 2 of my favorite ingredients...what a treat to have something so healthy and yummy at the same time!! Im definitely gonna try it,thanx,Mia