Vegan MoFo #4 – Date Bars

I’m all about sharing, especially when it comes to baked goods you won’t hear me saying, “Don’t touch my fings”.   Oh no, touch away, taste, take some home, want another?  Another thing about baked goods is that I like to make the same goodies my mom made us when we were kids.  Betty Crocker cookbook anyone?  I have my grandma’s copy and I love that it has her notes scribbled in the margins and her handwritten recipes tucked in between the pages.  Many of the recipes are accidentally vegan; published in 1956 margarine was the height of fashionable baking.  So bake up a pan of these lovely bars and wax nostalgic.

Betty Crocker’s Date Bars

Filling

  • 3 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook and stir over low heat for 10 minutes until jam like consistency.  Set aside to cool and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Crust and topping

  • 3/4 cup shortening (I used half Earth Balance shortening and half EB buttery stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Mix shortening and brown sugar.  Sift flour, soda and salt together and mix into sugar mixture.  Stir in oatmeal.  Spread half in a 9×13 greased pan.  Pour date mixture over crust.  Crumble remaining oat mixture over the top.  Pop into your preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Cool and enjoy with a neighbor and a cup of tea (or with your grandson and a Diet Coke).

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