If you love dates then you are gonna love these Easy Sticky date oat slices. Easy to make and oh so addictive, once I started eating these bad boys I just couldn’t stop. While I made a total pig of myself I am sure you will have more self-control. Very little sugar is used as the dates are sweet enough already. Sit back and relax and find out how to make these Easy Sticky date oat slices.
Oaty base and topping.
So let’s start with the buttery base. It’s a very simple combination of butter, oats a little light brown sugar. A few sunflower seeds, for added crunch, a little ground cinnamon for spicy warmth and a touch of orange juice to help bring the whole mixture together.
The topping is made of the same mixture, making these sticky date oat slices even easier to make. So everything can be mixed in one bowl, also meaning fewer dishes which is a major bonus for me! I hate dishes…
The filling is simple, just mashed dates a little water and a touch of vanilla extract. Nothing more and nothing less, the dates are naturally sweet so there is no need to add any more sugars to this mix.
The filling remains soft and sweet even after baking. These sticky date oat slices are great as an afternoon pick-me-up and even work great in a lunchbox. And make a wonderful treat for picnics.
Easy Sticky date oat slices
- 150 millilitres boiling water (5/8 cup)
- 225 grams dried dates (1 and 1/3 cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150 grams unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
- 210 grams oats (2 and 1/3 cup)
- 75 grams light brown sugar (3/8 cup - lightly packed)
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- Preheat your oven to Gas 180°C/350°F/Mark 4/ and line the base of a 20 cm (8-inch), square tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.
- Place the dates in a heatproof bowl and pour on the boiling water. Leave to stand and soften for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Once soft add in the vanilla extract and beat to a smooth puree, using a fork or puree in a food processor.
- Gently melt the butter in a saucepan, or in a bowl in a microwave.
- Mix in the oats, light brown sugar, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and orange juice to the melted butter.
- Stir until everything is well combined.
- Spoon half of the oat mixture into the tin, pressing it down well with the back of a spoon.
- Spread the date puree over the base and crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the surface is golden.
- Allow the slices to cool fully in the tin before cutting into 15 bars.
- Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
These sound delicious! Do you think they would freeze well? I have so many dates and would love to make a big batch to last us a while.
They should freeze ok, and wrap them individually so they don’t all stick together.
Wow, these look so good. Since I love dates this would be perfect with my cup of tea.
Thanks, Balvinder. And easily made gluten-free as well.
Am I stupid or is there a missing step on what to do with the melted butter??
Hi Liz, steps 4 & 5 tell you what to do with the butter. Once melted add in the oats, light brown sugar, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and orange juice and mix it all together. Hope that helps 🙂
This sounds great, I would love to have these for the morning!
Thanks, Caroline 🙂
the best of both worlds–sweet and gooey plus buttery and crunchy!
Couldn’t agree more Grace, thank you 😀
These slices look so yummy Emma. What an amazing and easy make ahead breakfast idea. Thank you for sharing. Definitely want to try these out 🙂
Thank you Ashika 😀
I tried oats flour and dates along with nuts. I am saving this recipe because i didn’t try orange juice and cinnamon…
The cinnamon adds a nice warm spiciness to the mix and the orange juice helps to round out the sweetness a bit.
You have an incredible talent to create easy yet delicious recipes – looks so nourishing & wholesome too! Have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Thank you, Miriam, 🙂
I remember one time I snuck into my brother’s apartment (I was house watching) and made these types of treats for him and left them in the fridge as a surprise! I remember him texting me saying I was the BEST SISTER bar none! TAKE THAT to my other sister 😉 lol!
Homemade treats are a great way to become the best sibling…lol I have done it many times 😉
Wow! These slices look like a perfect breakfast treat to me. So wholesome with all those oats, seeds and dates. Also these sound super easy to bake. Thanks for this recipe!
Thank you, Neha. They would make a great breakfast because they don’t have a tone of sugar in them, so a perfect start to the day.
My mom loved date desserts and so do I! Your date squares sound fantastic! I’m adding them to my summer baking list!!!
Thanks, Liz 😀
Gah how I love dates!! These look SO GOOD! And I also love that you have sunflower seeds in them!
Thank’s Ashley, they are easy to make dairy free too, just replace the butter with coconut oil or a vegan spread.
I know I’d adore these! I love oatmeal topping-it feels so wholesome and dates are like caramel! 😀
Thank you Lorraine, there is something wholesome about oatmeal toppings.
I love that you added sunflower seeds for crunch! And I LOVE dates so these are perfect for me! Have a great weekend, Emma!
I love sunflower seeds so tasty and perfect for adding crunch.
oooh these sound so good! sticky, buttery, oaty and caramelly things have always got me mesmerized (:
Thanks, Heather 🙂
My mom used to make a similar recipe to this. Really good! Yours looks excellent — definitely a winner. Thanks!
Thanks John, I got the idea from an old recipe my mum used to make, childhood recipes are the best.
All of our favorite things like dates and a crumble topping all in one bar. These are just perfect. Chewy bites of deliciousness. Just pinned!
Thank you 🙂
Sticky, chewy and crunchy….what a wonderful combination of flavours and textures!
Thanks Angie, I couldn’t agree more 🙂