Oat, Seed & Date Bars

Yes, it’s true, this is my third recipe featuring dates.

Brenda Janschek - Date Bar Recipe

It could have something to do with the fact that being Middle Eastern, growing up, a treat usually consisted of a Medjool date with a walnut stuffed inside. So I just love them.Yum!

You’re going to love this oat slice which is the quickest thing to make, totally scrumptious, and perfect for lunch boxes.

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Oat, Seed and Date Bars

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 100 grams butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut or rapadura sugar
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  • Grease and line a 9 x 22cm loaf tin with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in small saucepan, once melted keep on very low heat and whisk in the sugar until smooth.
  • Turn heat off, add dates and stir through. I highly recommend dipping the finger in to make sure it tastes ok.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and stir in egg and vanilla.
  • Add flour, oats, chia and sunflower seeds and stir until combined.
  • If mixture appears too wet, add in more oats and flour and stir through
  • Pour into loaf tin and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack.
  • Once cool, slice into bars and pop into lunchboxes.
  • Can be frozen.


NB: If texture is an issue you can grind up the sunflower and chia seeds before adding to the mixture.

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Other recipes you may like are my Raspberry Coconut Squares and the Orange and Poppy Seed Bars. 

Bren x


Your thoughts on this post


  1. Cathy

    Have you tried this without the egg or with a chia egg instead? My daughter can’t have dairy (I would substitute butter for coconut oil) or egg, but I find often breads and cakes don’t work as well without the egg. I’d love your thoughts thanks.

    • Brenda Janschek

      No I haven’t Cathy, you could definitely give it a go with the chia egg and see how it goes. I always think these things don’t go to waste if they don’t work out, I just crumble them on top of yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt in your daughter’s case) or stewed fruit, or layer in a parfait.

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