Orange and date bars…

by Sunita on June 25, 2007

The wind is whistling away to glory, even as I write this and the trees are swaying to the rhythm. The rustling of the leaves ( which are gleaming in the rare sunshine) and the small squeaky sounds of open windows as they are shaken by the wind, but restrained from banging, by their clasps…this is what’s going on in the background.

And in the midst of all this…no, I’m not outdoors, but ensconced within the four walls of our bedroom…I’m clicking away at my laptop in solitude, now and then gently brushed by the gusts of wind blowing through the windows leaving a tingling sensation on the skin and raising slight goosebumps…what with the wind cooled down by the alternating rain fall…

The recipe which is going to grace my blog today is a very simple one…orange and date bars. They are quick to assemble and did quite well in the taste department. Speaking of orange ( the name is supposed to have originated in the Sanskrit ‘narang’), who can resist these juicy and colourful delights rich in vitamin C. Not only are they great to have on their own, but also forms a great drink when the juice is squeezed from it…the rind of the orange, which oozes quite a lot of flavour, is also a popular ingredient in cooking and lend the unique orangey feel to dishes.

Getting down to the recipe of the day, this is how I went about it…

What’s needed-

2 and 1/2 C porridge oats
1 orange, chopped whole ( including rind), the seeds discarded and roughly blended in a mixer
1c dates stoned and chopped
4-5 tblsp of honey
1/4 c oil
6-7 tblsp of yogurt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

How to-

Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel.

Grease a square or rectangle baking dish.

In a pan, mix the oats and cinnamon powder.

Add the orange, honey, oil dates and yogurt, in that order, mixing well after adding each ingredient.

Tip the mixture into the greased tin, level the top and bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
Again, cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

They tasted really nice…soft and moist and just a little bit chewy…go on, grab one…
Well, these bars contain orange and they also contain a spice {remember the cinnamon;)} and they would form a great breakfast bar…very filling… Having thus said, I’m going to send them over to grace two blogs—the first, Trupti’s, which is guest- hosting WBB( started by Nandita) #12, and Sharmi’s, which is guest-hosting AFAM(started by Maheshwari) for which she has chosen Orange. Now, that’s what I call ‘killing two birds with one stone’!!! ;)

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mishmash ! June 25, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Sunita, this sounds like an easy at the same time tasty affair…especially with kids! Thanks for sharing!



2 sunita June 25, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Shn,you are more than welcome…it is easy and tasty, and for that matter, for everyone I think…


3 Sharmi June 25, 2007 at 5:16 pm

oh beautiful looking bars. what a great combination. thanks for the lovely entry.


4 sunita June 25, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Sharmi,you’re welcome…thanks to you too for hosting the event…


5 Vini June 25, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Hmm.,nice combo,Sunita;These bars look great,not to mention that they use the whole fruit!:)


6 trupti June 25, 2007 at 5:53 pm

What a great combination of dates and oranges…..
This is a great recipe…I think Sahil will enjoy making these with me…thanks Sunita



7 sunita June 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Vini, thanks…glad you came over…


8 sunita June 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Trupti,thanks…do give it a try…


9 Patricia Scarpin June 25, 2007 at 6:35 pm

I love orange and your bars look so good, Sunita!


10 sunita June 25, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Patricia, thanks…I too am a lover of orange…glad you came over…


11 Richa June 25, 2007 at 8:22 pm

u r quite the baker, aren’t you :) orange & dates, what a beautiful combination! love dates & anything dates, thanks for this wonderful recipe :)
hope u had a good wknd


12 Latha June 25, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Sunita.. the orange goes in with the rind, seeds, everything, really? brilliant! a must try, then….


13 Madhu June 25, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Hi Sunitha,
Lovely ! eggless, butterless bake i love it…must taste great with oranges and dates..
Do you think it can be made by powdering the regular oats. Thanks


14 Viji June 25, 2007 at 9:48 pm

wowww,good combination.Looks great.


15 Cynthia June 25, 2007 at 11:14 pm

This looks incredibly simple and looks so attractive. The kids must be happy that mom is such a good baker :) I’ve bookmarked it to try.


16 Roopa June 26, 2007 at 12:50 am

wow looks real treat and kids would have loved these. hmm this is on my try list. Thks dear for sharing!


17 bee June 26, 2007 at 1:17 am

i’m gonna make this – with cranberries.


18 Suganya June 26, 2007 at 4:42 am

Sounds like a delicious but healthy snack.. Love anything orange :)


19 sunita June 26, 2007 at 6:23 am

Richa, it’s just that I love my oven a lot…nothing spectacular…as for the weekend, we had some guests over, and as the weather was not at it’s best, the time flew by quite pleasantly…


20 sunita June 26, 2007 at 6:24 am

Latha, everything in the orange goes, except the seeds…I think I’ll update it…but do try it…


21 sunita June 26, 2007 at 6:29 am

Madhu, you’re most welcome…go on and try it your way…after all, there’s no harm in innovating…


22 sunita June 26, 2007 at 6:31 am

Cynthia,it is very simple…and tastes quite good if I may say so…as for the kids, well, you know what they say about the worth of having something at ease!!!


23 sunita June 26, 2007 at 10:07 am

Roopa, yes, the kids did love it…you’re welcome to give it a try…


24 sunita June 26, 2007 at 10:08 am

Bee,hmmmm…love cranberries…


25 sunita June 26, 2007 at 10:10 am

Suganya, we’re great lovers of this fruit as well…especially my daughter…she simply can’t have enough…the bars are really great to snack on…


26 Raaga June 26, 2007 at 10:52 am

I think I have all the ingredients. Will make this as soon as all the sweet dishes in the house and fridge are over. :-)


27 sunita June 26, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Raga, welcome to my world… looks like you’ve got quite a lot of sweet goodies stocked up…do try the bars as soon as you get the space…nice to have you over…


28 WokandSpoon June 26, 2007 at 4:37 pm

This looks like a sweet treat yet healthy as well!


29 sunita June 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

wokandspoon, it is sweet and healthy…great to snack on…


30 rupa July 3, 2007 at 5:55 am

Hey ! This looks great and yummy ! I am sure to try them soon .. What a lovely combination…

Havent got a blgspot of my own yet,but am thinking of creating one :)



31 sunita July 3, 2007 at 9:36 am

Rupa,thanks and welcome to my world…do try it…as for the blog, go on and create one…hope to see you soon in the blogosphere…


32 bazu October 6, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Wow, I’m always looking for variations on breakfast bars, and the orange/date combo sounds fantastic! I’ll be making these soon, I’m sure.


33 sunita October 30, 2007 at 7:07 pm

bazu, do give them a try…


34 Anonymous February 22, 2008 at 5:44 am

Hi! I am new to your blog and really love your recipies. I tried out these bars yesterday with a little additional ground flax seed and they were just incredible! A very big thank you!



35 chitra June 18, 2008 at 5:38 am

Hi Sunita,

You have such an amazing blog…so fantastic..I cant stop raving about it :) . ALso wanted to tell you that I baked these this morning and they came out excellent…soft and chewy just like you had mentioned. Thanks a ton.



36 sunita August 20, 2008 at 1:18 pm

You’re most welcome…glad you loved the bars :-)


37 Chanda September 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

hi Sunita,

I stumbled across this recipe while looking for something else.. These look awesome! I love breakfast bars , and never occurred to me to try making them at home . I’m inspired :-) . Btw what’s the shelf life for these bars? And can you use any type of oil?

Thanks ,


38 Maya March 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Hey Sunita, I tried these today and they taste very good, but don’t look as good as your picture. Thanx for your recipe :) .


39 Maya March 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I mean mine don’t look as good as these :) .


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