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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 (11)

43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
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06/23/2014
Also, would using quick oats instead of whole oats work just as well?
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06/23/2014
How about using all purpose instead of whole wheat flour? Would the texture be the same?
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05/11/2010
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!
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05/08/2010
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).
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05/08/2010
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
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04/21/2010
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!
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08/19/2009
These are delicious! I can't believe I waited so long to try them. They are my new favorite breakfast bar!!
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07/13/2009
These are delicious, easy, and surprisingly healthy.
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09/10/2008
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
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08/25/2008
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.
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07/23/2008
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.