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Oatmeal Bars with Dates and Walnuts


These fruit-and-nut bars are like soft granola bars; they make a hearty and delicious addition to a lunch box.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2005


  • 2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts (5 1/2 ounces), toasted and chopped
  • 1 cup dates (5 ounces), pitted and chopped
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together ground oats, flour, 1 cup whole oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. Put brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Mix in walnuts and dates.

  3. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in dish. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup whole oats over top. Bake until golden and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars.

Cook's Notes

Use a blender or food processor to grind the rolled oats; 1 1/4 cups rolled oats will yield 1 cup ground.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Mike Winard
    23 JUN, 2014
    Also, would using quick oats instead of whole oats work just as well?
  • Mike Winard
    23 JUN, 2014
    How about using all purpose instead of whole wheat flour? Would the texture be the same?
  • weston1
    11 MAY, 2010
    Nice Bar! I put in 5 chopped prunes, I don't see why you could not add other fruit such as chopped apples and other dried fruit. I would cut the salt down to only 1 teaspoon. Keep sending us whole wheat treats. This one is a home run!
  • connelkr
    8 MAY, 2010
    Yum! These bars are great. I actually only used 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar and they were still plenty sweet (and maybe a bit healthier).
  • mykele
    8 MAY, 2010
    gigibella, I know it has been almost two years since you made your comment and probably will never see this comment but I will made it for recent viewers The recipe is called Oatmeanl BARS not CAKE so of course it will have a different texture. We just have to READ the titles more carefully. This is a great bar that you can add other things to like chips, etc. Mykele
  • sawstone
    21 APR, 2010
    They are goooood! and healthy. I followed the directions exactly and came out perfect. But next time I'll add more nuts and dates. Highly recommended!
  • MS12512989
    19 AUG, 2009
    These are delicious! I can't believe I waited so long to try them. They are my new favorite breakfast bar!!
  • amangiaracina
    13 JUL, 2009
    These are delicious, easy, and surprisingly healthy.
  • MS12085969
    10 SEP, 2008
    If you were expecting a cake I can see why you would be disappointed. But if you're looking for a delicious, chewy cookie bar as the recipe indicates then you'll love this one. My family found the texture
  • Patthu
    25 AUG, 2008
    I tried this when it first came out in the magazine. My family loves it as a healthy breakfast option they can take with them to work. I do use 1 cup of whole wheat flour since it gives it a firmer texture.