These cake-like bars are great for breakfast or snack. For the filling, you can use whatever your favorite dried fruits to substitute the dates. 470
In saucepan, cook dates, sugar, lemon juice and water over medium heat, stirring often, until the dates are soft, about 15 minutes.
In a bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, sugar, baking soda and salt; blend in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Pat half onto bottom of 9 inch square pan.
Spread filling evenly over the top.
Sprinkle with the remaining flour mixture, patting lightly.
Bake in a 350℉ (180℃) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until nicely browned.
Let cool; cut into squares. Makes 36 Squares.
Mincemeat Squares: Use 2 cups mincemeat instead of date filling.