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A stack of walnut date bars on top of a parchment-lined cooling rack.

Brown Sugar Date and Walnut Bars

Katelyn Theofanis
These Brown Sugar Date and Walnut Bars will take you back to childhood. They taste like an upgraded oatmeal raisin cookie in a bar form.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Bake Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Bars
Calories 255 kcal



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts crushed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped


  • 12 oz pitted dates pulsed or finely chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs room temperature and whisked
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13-in by 9-in baking pan, set aside.


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, crushed walnuts, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold butter until crumbly.


  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until well blended, and close to the ribbon stage. Add vanilla, stirring to combine. Fold in the chopped dates.


  • Press ¾ of the crust mixture into the prepared pan. Pour the filling over the first crust layer, making sure to spread evenly over the entire surface. Add the ½ cup of chopped walnuts to the remaining crust mixture. Evenly distribute the last of the crust mixture over the filling.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.


  • Store in an airtight container for up to one week. For longer shelf-life, store in the refrigerator. 
  • Crust can be made in a food processor, but be careful not to over-mix. 


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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