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Recipe for my mom’s Date Bars

Today I’m sharing a recipe for date bars that my mom made us many times growing up.

Date Bars

I just baked a batch to send to our oldest son, who’s away at academy. Care packages are always welcome, and comfort foods are the best!

To me a comfort food is something familiar, something that Mom or Grandma (or Dad) made that just feels like home. I hope it’s like that in my care packages too!

I know I always cherished the cookies my mom sent across the miles and across the ocean, even!

Now that I’m a mom, I understand that care packages are for moms too–something we can do to share a little bit of our heart and home across the miles when we can’t be there in person.



Here you go. Nothing complicated. Just old-fashioned goodness baked into a sweet treat.

And I’m gonna try a new plug-in for my recipe. We will see if it’s as easy as they claim, or if I stick with old-school typing it up on the blog font.

Date Bars

Print Recipe

Mom’s Date Bars

A tender, wholesome cookie bar with just the right balance of sweetness and whole grain goodness.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 3 Cups Dates chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar, unrefined preferably
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Pure vanilla optional
  • 3/4 Cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups Flour Any combination. I used Whole Wheat. Can use GF flour (rice, millet, premixed blend to make GF)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats Quick, may add in a few rolled oats for texture


  • Cook the first 3 ingredients until thickened, stirring constantly. I omit the sugar here, as the dates are plenty sweet, and I add Vanilla
    Let cool.
    Cream butter and brown sugar together.
    Stir in dry ingredients, then rolled oats.
    Press 1/2 of this mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.
    Add filling, smoothing it level.
    Use rest of dry mixture on top and press lightly.
    Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
    Cut while warm.
Keyword bar cookie, Dates, oatmeal

Ok—bear with me as I figure out the whole recipe app thing. Next time I’ll know to format it differently.

I hope you enjoy them!

I have several happy customers!  But only one who sat still for long enough for me to catch!

Date bars
Ridge Haven Homestead


For another recipe from my mom, check out her granola recipe, which I’ve shared below

Mom’s Granola ❤️

What comfort foods make you feel loved?

What would you want to receive in a care package?
Leave me some ideas in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

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9 Replies

  1. Not a big date eater but might give it a go.I think anyting in a care package is lovely because it shows you are thinking of the person. #WednesdayAroundtheWorld

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