Oatmeal Date Squishies for Sweet Series & Oats

This is my entry for Sweet Series, hosted by Sireesha over at Mom's Recipes and Oats over at Madhuram's Eggless Cooking.


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!).

29 comments:

Pavani said...

Great entry for the event. Looks delicious.

Ambika said...

Hi Meeso, Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad I could discover yours..these squishies look yum!!

Divya Vikram said...

Nice healthy recipe. You could also send this over to Madhurams baking events with oats for this month.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Looks great, sounds so delicious:)

Mallika said...

Looks v good. I could do with one right now!

chakhlere said...

Wow!! Healthy and yummy sweet!!! Loved it.

sabah said...

Hi Meeso, it looks delicious.
I have a question please, you said in the ingredients "quick-cooking oatmeal", is it written on the packet if I want to buy it?
Thank you !

meeso said...

~ Thanks, everyone :)

~ Thanks, Divya, for the suggestion, I did send it over :)

~ Sabah, it will say on the package "Quick-Cooking Oats" but some people do not prefer these, and you should be able to use the "Old-Fashioned Oats" if you prefer :)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that a great recipe looks so mouthwatering. Perfect entry for the both events.

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely entry for the event meeso...Nice recipe...looks simple too yet very delicious...have to try this one soon...thanks for sharing...

Peanutts said...

Yumm , I am always in the look out for eggless recipes as my son is allergic to egg white. plus hubby loves dates and sweet dishes . Oh and thanks for visiting :)

Priya said...

Such a delicious and healthy bars Meesa, looks scrumptious!!

Shwetha said...

These look lovely and you've got a great blog here. Thanks for sharing!

DEESHA said...

this is so healthy

Happy cook said...

Wow that is one healthy delicous looking bars you have got there.

Velva said...

These look delicious! Very healthy too. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

meeso said...

~ Thanks, ladies :)

Cham said...

I love the crumb crust should be really crunchy! Delicious entry!

Nostalgia said...

Hm... I want to go on a sugar hight myself..

Valarmathi said...

Wow Meeso it looks crunchy and delicious, healthy too

Suma Rajesh said...

great entry dear...looks fabulous

Noor said...

Oh this looks very good.

How have you been? I hope you feel better..

Cynthia said...

I have dates, you are giving me an idea here :)

Shabs.. said...

The recipe sounds very delicous and looks yummy too.....looks quite simple too....Um, im bookmarking this....I wonder if i can replace dated with apricot or anything else?!Oh, i love dates anyway, i think when i will make, i will make em with dates.....does it taste like maamoul, the date filled arabic cookie??

Srivalli said...

Meeso, that's really very nice..great entry!

meeso said...

~ Thanks :)

~ Shabs, you should try it with apricots! It wouldn't hurt to try, and you could use different spices. What's tasty with apricots? Hmmmm... I think you're on to a new recipe :)

Arabic Bites said...

I love date & oats so this just perfect for me with cup of tea :)

Kevin said...

Oatmeal date bars are so good!

Madhuram said...

I too was going to make a similar dates/oats bar. Thanks for sending it to the Whole Grain event, Meeso.