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Easy Sticky date oat slices

Easy Sticky date oat slices are easy to make, a treat with very little sugar added. Most of the sweetness comes from the dates. Perfect for picnics and lunchboxes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Slices / Bars / TrayBakes
Cuisine: British
Servings: 15 bars
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Emma


  • 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.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 15.2g