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36 bars

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (8 ounce) package pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 12 cups orange juice
  • 2 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 12 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 12 cups margarine or 1 12 cups butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 2 cups quaker oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 12 cups shredded coconut, divided


  1. Heat oven to 350°F In medium saucepan, combine dates and orange juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats, 1 cup coconut and nuts; mix well. Reserve 4 cups oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Spread date mixture evenly over crust to within 1/4 inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup coconut, patting gently. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.
  2. Eat.

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