Date Bar Dessert by Kathy Cakebread

My grandma started this recipe in the 1950's and it has been handed down in the family for years after. Perfect for an afternoon treat.


  • 140g Quakers oats
  • 190g all purpose flour
  • 220g brown sugar
  • 5g baking soda
  • 3g salt
  • 225 g cold butter or margarine
  • 445g chopped dates
  • 150g sugar
  • 180ml water
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • whipped topping


In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.
In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in walnuts. Spread over crust.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Cut into squares; top with whipped topping.