(Adapted from recipe found on Yummly at https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Date-Bars-1406325 )
In my blog entitled, “So you want to increase your fibre?”, I discussed how you can adjust the fibre in recipes by switching from refined flours to whole grain flour. I have changed this date bar recipe originally found on Yummly website as an example of how this can be done. I have made this product a few times previously with small adjustments each time. Sometimes it can take a few tries to get a version you like. The original version was a little too sweet for my family, so along with changing other ingredients, I also decreased the sugar content. Remember to be brave when you experiment. Some of my experiments turn out amazing others…less so. In my next batch, I am going to replace the white flour completely with whole grain flour to add a little crunch along with even more fibre. It may make it too dense but I won’t be sure until I try!
Note: I have bolded the items I have changed and provided a few different change options.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time 20-25 minutes
1 and 1/2 cups of chopped pitted dates
1 cup whole wheat flour (original recipe used self-rising flour)
2 and 1/4 tsp baking powder (because I didn’t use self-rising flour)
1/2 tsp salt (because I didn’t use self-rising flour)
1/3 cup heaping white flour (reduced to allow for addition of alternative whole grain product)
1/4 cup ground flax or hemp seeds or chia seeds (Each ingredient will provide different benefits. Chia and flax will add more fibre. All three will add beneficial healthy fats).
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup vanilla yogurt (only because I did not have any plain yogurt in the house)
1/3 cup olive oil (I like using grapeseed oil as it has no flavour)
Preheat oven to 400⁰F. Grease 8×8 or 9×9 square pan (the original recipe uses 11×7).
Combine dates, flours, brown sugar, oats and seeds into a large bowl.
Stir in mixture of yogurt, eggs and oil until just combined.
Spoon into pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then then remove from pan to cool completely on a cooling rack.
Cut once cool and enjoy!