Delicious Date and Lemon Slices

by Abigail from United Kingdom


1 small lemon (grated rind and juice)
2 cups chopped dried dates
6 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup melted butter


1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and grate off its rind.
2. Put the dates, water, lemon rind and juice into a saucepan.
3. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is soft.
4. While the mixture heats, make the base by combining the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle half the mixture into a 9-by-11-inch shallow cake pan. Press down well!
5. Pour in the date mixture. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top and press down firmly.
6. Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes. Let cool in pan and then cut into slices.

This article first appeared in the August 2004 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Copyright © 2004 by Focus on the Family. Used by permission. Photo © Ron and Karen Nickel.