Every year I try to add one different cookie to the usual assortment and of course usually leave off one too. so we are not inundated with cookies. As it is, I do give away as many as I can! This year I made Date Bars, which I haven't made since I was a teenager and that was a very long time ago! This was one of my Father's favorites, so it has a special kind of nostalgia attached to it. So, I pulled out an old recipe card and adapted the recipe. I have no idea where the original recipe came from, but it was a very popular cookie way back then.
I needed to make it Gluten Free, which wasn't difficult at all and I lowered the amount of Sugar because I think Dates are very sweet enough all on their own. I also added just a little more Butter, as I think Gluten Free Flour Blends are a little drier. And I thought a pinch of Salt would balance the flavor. Anyway, it turned out wonderfully and I had forgotten how delicious Date Bars are!
Gluten Free Date Bars
8 ounces of pitted Dates, chopped
1/2 cup Water
pinch of Salt
1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend (with Xanthan Gum or add 2 teaspoons)
1 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
10 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
Butter an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the Dates and Water in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring often until the Dates soften or until they become a paste - about 7 - 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
In a food processor or a big bowl, cream together the Butter and Brown Sugar. Add in the Oats and Flour and blend until the mixture is crumbly but sticks together when you pinch it.
Pour half of the crumb mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down. Spoon the Date filling over the crumbs carefully with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the remains crumbs on top, pressing down lightly.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.
Five Element Analysis
Dates are very sweet and very sticky so they are certainly Earth foods. The Oats and Brown Sugar add even more. The Butter brings in the Metal Element as does the Rice Flour in the baking mix. But this is clearly a Earthy treat!