Vegan Date Bars
3 c. chopped, pitted organic dates
1 c. unsweetened cider
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. organic fair trade brown cane sugar
2 c. organic quick oats
1 c. organic flour
3/4 c. organic fair trade brown cane sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. vegan buttery spread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Glass cake pans work best for this recipe due to the stickiness of the filling
In a medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat simmer your dates, apple cider and vanilla together until dates are stirrable, add brown sugar. Allow to boil for a minute or two so the sugar can help the mixture caramelize a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl add oats, flour, brown sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon and stir together with a wooden spoon. Cut your butter into 1 T. pats and toss them in the bowl with the dry ingredients. With a pastry cutter or a fork, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until it is crumbly. Spread 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of your pan. Pour the date filling over the bottom crust, then sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over the top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until crumble top is golden brown. Remove from oven to a cooling rack to cool.
These are SO decadent and the vanilla really pushes the date flavor front and center. You COULD play around with this recipe, but I love it just the way it is. Hope you do as well!