A real treat with a rich date filling, sandwiched between crunchy crumble layers. They contain half the added sugar of a traditional recipe, and not a processed ingredient in sight. They may look complicated, but they only take 15-20 minutes to prepare, and you get a little r&r time whilst you are waiting for the date filling to cool. Definitely worth the wait! Great for dessert with some sliced fruit on the side; in lunch boxes and picnics.
Best eaten on the day of baking, as they will be delightfully crunchy. The bars will keep for 3 days in an airtight container, or can be frozen, and defrosted when needed. Bars that are kept will be a little softer, but just as delicious.
A note on sugar. I do try not to use processed sugar except where a recipe really won’t work without it, and then I keep it to an absolute minimum. Each portion contains 13g of sugar, but only 5g (1 teaspoon) of this is added sugar, the remainder is natural sugar from the dates. The total sugar still needs to be considered, especially for diabetics. The 5g of added sugar counts as a third of a 4-8 year-old child’s maximum, and a fifth of a woman’s maximum recommended amount. On the upside, each portion contains 8% of your daily fibre intake.