Oatmeal dream dates^

Yield: 24 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pack (8oz) pitted dates, coarsley
\N \N Chopped
1½ cup Orange juice
2½ cup All purpose flour
1½ cup Firmly packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon Salt, optional
1½ cup Butter or margarine,
\N \N Chilled
2 cups Oats, quick or regular,
\N \N Uncooked
1½ cup Flaked coconut, divided
1 cup Chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine dates and orange juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. cut in margarine until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats, 1 cup coconut and muts; mix well.

Reserve 4 cups mixture for topping; set aside.

Press remaining mixture onto bottom uf an ungreased 9x13x2" baking pan. Spread date mixture evenly over crust to within ¼" of edge.

Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, then ½ cup coconut, patting gently. Bake 35-40 minutes or until light golden. Cool completely; cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

Per bar: 280 calories, 13 g fat and 0 mg cholesterol.

Best Recipes Spring 95 Carolyn Shaw 6-95 Submitted By CAROLYN SHAW On 08-24-95

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