Easy to eat, these sweet Marionberry Date Bars have a little crunch and are great cut into large squares and topped with ice cream! This recipe uses Oregon marionberries, a blackberry variety that was cultivated in Marion County, Oregon. Whip up a batch today and enjoy!
Marionberry Date Bars
3 C marionberries (blackberries), whole (frozen or fresh)
3 C dates, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C water
1 T lemon Juice
Crust and Topping Ingredients
1 3/4 C flour
1 3/4 C rolled oats
1 C brown sugar
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
3/4 C butter, melted
Combine blackberries, dates, and water.
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until dates and berries blend into thick puree.
Add salt and lemon juice.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Crust and Topping Preparation
Combine dry ingredients in medium sized bowl.
Add melted butter or margarine and stir to crumb consistency.
Pour slightly more than half the crumbs into a 9 X 13 inch pan.
Pat to form firm crust.
Bake 350 degrees – 12 minutes.
Spread filling over baked crust.
Top with remaining crumbs.
Bake 350 degrees – 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool to room temperature.
Cut and serve.