Apple Date Cookie Bars - apple oatmeal cookie bars, sweetened with dates for a tasty and healthy after school treat.
Breakfast, Desserts

Send them Back to School with Apple Date Cookie Bars

These healthy low sugar Apple Date Cookie Bars are great to pack in lunch boxes, serve as an after school snack, or even enjoy for breakfast.


Apple Date Cookie Bars - apple oatmeal cookie bars, sweetened with dates for a tasty and healthy after school treat.

Every month the Fill the Cookie Jar Bloggers make cookies based on a theme and share them on the same day. We are getting the jump on Back to School with our theme this month. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see what the others have made.

These Apple Date Bars are so simple to make and quick to bake. Which is nice when it is still 95 plus degrees outside. We won’t cool off here until late October.

The bars were not very sweet. If you want them a bit sweeter, you can substitute all or some of the dates with brown sugar or your favorite sugar substitute (some extra maple syrup would be good).

Apple Date Cookie Bars

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time25 minutes
Total time35 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Autumn



    • 1 1/2 cup apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
    • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
    • 1/4 cup coconut or brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    filling (Optional)

    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


    • 2 cups oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
    • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup dates (pureed with water to make a thick paste)
    • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (melted)
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    These are not overly sweet. If you want them slightly sweeter, substitute half of the pureed dates with brown sugar or desired substitute.


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" square baking pan.
    In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients and set aside for 5-10 minutes to become syrupy.
    In a large bowl, mix all base ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
    Spread half of the base in the prepared 9" pan. Cover with filling. Crumble the remaining base ingredients over the top.
    Bake at 350 degrees until the top is turning light brown, about 25 minutes.


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    11 thoughts on “Send them Back to School with Apple Date Cookie Bars”

    1. We have 5 apples trees on our property, so I am always on the lookout for recipes that use apples. This is one that I will be adding to my list of recipes to make when the apples are ready. I love the sweetness from the dates. Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group!

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