Matrimonial Bars

Matrimonial Bars

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Recipe by  Carla

“Here's my Mom's recipe for these yummy bars.”

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Original recipe yields 1 -13x9 inch baking pan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and baking soda. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the chopped dates with the water and the white sugar until the pulp is soft and well mixed.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the oat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the date mixture and then finish off with the remaining oat mixture. Press down slightly on layers to compact.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until top crust begins to brown.

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Marie M

Marie M

I have made this recipe several times to serve at functions. Everyone loves it. It is just like the bars sold in the bakeries in Canada where I grew up. I was able to find soft wonderful dates which I could mash with a spoon, so I did that rather than add sugar & water and cook. They are great.



This was a good recipe. My only change: I used a 8x8" pan instead of the 9x12" because I didn't seem to have enough oat mixture for both bottom and top layers. The end result was a thicker bar. Thanks for the recipe!



Overall, this was a good recipe. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a snack or a dessert, but I thought it was way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar in the oatmeal/flour mixture. I used half whole wheat flour, half all purpose flour as other reviewers suggested, and thought the texture was perfect. They were very soft when I first pulled them out of the oven, but firmed up nicely after cooling for a while. These will work well for throwing in your lunch for a mid-afternoon snack.

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 209 cal
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs
  • 33.3 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 207 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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