“Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Soften the chopped dates in a heavy saucepan by mixing the dates with 1.5 cups water, and the granulated sugar. Bring the mixture to a full boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 7-10 minutes until the dates have softened and water has evaporated. Let the date mixture cool for 5 minutes.

While dates are simmering prepare the crumb mix. In a large bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar and mix together fully.

Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the oat mixture and blend until it has coarse crumble form.

Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of greased 9 by 13 pan.

Spread the slightly cooled date mixture evenly over the crumb layer.

Top with the remaining crumb mixture, pressing down slightly.

Bake 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.

Cut into squares while still warm and enjoy! “

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