Muesli Almond Date Bars

The sun decided to hide today.

Its been rainy and dreary all day but sometimes a little cloudy weather isn’t so bad. It just means you have a legitimate excuse to bum around the house, watch movies and bake fantastic desserts.

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This afternoon I decided to do some baking.

I wanted today’s kitchen creation to be extra delicious because they are going to be sent to a friend of mine who is currently battling some serious health issues.

Baking for others makes baking so much more fun.

When I am baking for myself, I don’t really care about the finished product and rarely measure ingredients. Cookies can fall apart and I’ll still eat them, but I’d like the cookies I make for other people to actually stay together.

A small request, right? Smile

These bars stay together, taste fantastic and make the entire house smell mouthwateringly wonderful.

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Waiting for them to cool was painful, but that first bite was worth the wait. Okay, let’s be honest, I definitely cut right into them, burnt the roof of my mouth on the first bite and then decided it was a good idea to wait for them to cool. Happens every time.

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Muesli Almond Date Bars

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Oatmeal Bars with Dates and Walnuts from Martha Stewart’s Cookies Cookbook

Makes approximately four dozen bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups muesli (old-fashioned oats may also be used)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup dates (5 ounces), pitted and coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Finely grind 1 1/4 cup muesli (or oats) in a food processor. Stir together ground muesli, 1 cup whole muesli (or oats), both flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on a medium speed until fluffy, approximately five minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix in dry muesli mixture until just combined. Fold in almonds and dates.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into dish and top with remaining muesli (or oats). Bake for approximately 35 minutes, turning halfway through. Bars are done when a knife inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely and cut into bars.

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Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    The “burning my mouth on the first bite” happens to me all the time, too. The funny thing is … they always taste so much better if I just give them a couple of minutes to cool down! So why am I always SO impatient??

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  2. Amy @ In The Mixing Bowl says

    These look great! I think you’ve inspired me to find someone in my life and make something yummy for them. I definitely tend to show my love with food!

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  3. says

    These look delicious, I’ll have to try them soon. I’m pretty meticulous when I bake anyways, but when I know I’m making something for others, usually I’ll weigh my ingredients instead of going by volume measurements…and I love it. :)

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  4. says

    I hope your friend gets well soon! These look delicious, and I’m sure he/she will appreciate it.

    Have you seen the episode of The Cosby Show where Theo burns his mouth eating hot pizza, but doesn’t learn his lesson? I feel like that’s always me with stuff straight out of the oven!

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  5. Jay says

    These date bars look fantastic ! Oh – what is it that I just can’t eat enough of, well umm it’s oatmeal, the old fashioned type. I make a breakfast pancake with oatmeal that I ground down to a flour like consistency, mixed with mashed ripe banana and one egg. This is my breakfast, made in a non-stick pan. Yummy, delicious and keeps me going until lunch time.

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