Date-Walnut Honey Bars

A honey and apple jelly filling gives these bars the a moist center, while a crunchy walnut topping balances out all the sweetness.

Date-Walnut Honey Bars
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
36 bars


  • 1 recipe Oatmeal Crust (see recipe below)

  • ¾ cup honey

  • ¾ cup apple jelly

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 2 cup chopped pitted dates

Oatmeal Crust

  • ¾ cup regular rolled oats

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare Oatmeal Crust.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine honey, jelly, and butter. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until butter and jelly are melted, stirring often. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in honey mixture.

  3. Pour half of the filling over each prepared crust. Spread evenly. Top each with the walnuts and dates. Bake for 25 minutes.

  4. Cool on wire racks. Chill for 30 minutes. Cut each pan into 18 bars. Makes 36 bars.

Oatmeal Crust

  1. Place oats, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until oats are finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over mixture. Continue to blend until mixture forms loose crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of two greased 13x9x2-inch baking pans. Bake each pan on the center rack of the oven for 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
13g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.