Medjool Date & Oat Crumble Bars


425 grams Medjool dates, pitted & chopped 
250 ml water 
30 ml lemon juice 
2 tbsp. brown sugar 
½ tsp baking powder 
175 grams quick cooking oats 
150 grams all-purpose flour 
160 grams brown sugar 
½ tsp baking powder
170 grams salted butter, softened


Line baking sheet with parchment & let hang over the sides 

In a pot bring the dates, water, lemon juice & brown sugar to the boil. Add the baking soda & simmer until dates have fallen apart. Stirring constantly so as not to stick. Let cool.

In a bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar & baking powder. Add the butter & stir to combine. 

Spread half of the mixture into the sheet pan & press firmly. Layer the date mix. Cover with remaining crumble mix & press lightly. Bake @ 180C for 55 minutes until crumble is golden brown. Let cool & cut into squares.