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Oatmeal Bars with Dates and Walnuts

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

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Oatmeal Bars with Dates and Walnuts

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January


  • 1 cup finely ground old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 12 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.

  3. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Mix in walnuts and dates.

  4. 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.

Reviews (11)

  • 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!

  • digbugsgirl 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.

  • LAMnTX 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.

  • gigibella 23 Jul, 2008

    Ths recipe seems incorrect. iDid the Martha Stewart staff ever review or test this recipe? Are you sure this recipe only calls for 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour? When I followed this recipe, the cake ended too gooey - not cake-like. I even baked the cake for an additional 15 minutes.

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