Tea. Oh! These are much easier to whip up. Plus it has oats! Yum.
Do I ever get a recipe I don't tinker with? I halved the original amount of sugar. The dates are already naturally sweet and I like the nuttiness of the oats to stand out. Next time I may have to swap out some of the flour with whole wheat. These are soft, chewy and satisfying.
1 cup butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sifted flour
1½ cups quick oats
1½ cups chopped dates
A handful of raisins
¼ cup sugar
¾ cups of boiling water
Mix shortening, brown sugar & vanilla. Sift flour and baking soda. Add quick oats and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, add chopped dates, raisins, sugar and boiling water. Set aside to cool. (I tend to plop everything together, then give it a good stir after it has sat for five minutes.)
Press half of the oat mixture into a 7x11” brownie pan. Spread cooled date mixture on top. Crumble remaining oat mixture over the date layer. Bake at 350F for 22 - 25 minutes. Let it cool completely before cutting into bars.