What’s soft, sweet, totally yummy and good for you? In Arizona, Medjool date harvest began the end of August. Most of the dates ranches in Arizona are family owned and have a country store where you’ll find Medjool dates by the pound, in gift boxes and baskets. And if you are feeling totally decadent, you might try a Medjool date stuffed with nuts or dipped in chocolate. I’m drooling just thinking about eating one.
Dates are high in potassium, high fiber, no fat and low sodium. I discovered that gift baskets full of gourmet products, fruits and nuts are family favorites for holidays and celebrations.
Classic Date Bars
· 3 cups Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
· ¼ cups granulated sugar
· 1 ½ cups water
· ¾ cup shortening or butter
· 1 cup brown sugar
· 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
· 1 ½ cups old fashion oats
· 1 tsp salt
· 1 tsp baking soda
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
Combine dates, granulated sugar, and water in med/large sauté pan. Cook at medium low heat for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool. Puree if desired.
Beat shortening or butter in large bowl with brown sugar. Add flour, baking soda and salt to brown sugar/butter (in small amounts). Mix or cut w/ pastry cutter. Add oats and stir to combine.
Grease 13 x 9 baking dish. Pat ½ of crust along bottom. Spread filling evenly, leaving about a one inch space from edge. Take remaining crust and sprinkle over filling until covered. Bake in 400 degree oven 25-30 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
By: Sphinx Date Ranch
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