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No butter or shortening date nut bars scattered.

No Butter or Shortening Date Nut Bars

A simple, low-fat bar with just 6 ingredients. Perfect finger food. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Author Laura


  • 1 cup chopped dates Approximately 5&1/2 oz. or 158 g
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts Approximately 4 oz or 117 g
  • 1/2 cup sugar Approximately 3&1/2 oz or 102 g
  • 3 tablespoons flour Approximately 7/8 oz or 25 g
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. LIne an 8-inch square pan with foil, then butter or oil it and dust with flour.

  2. Mix the chopped dates, walnuts, sugar, flour and baking powder together.

    ingredients except eggs for No Butter or Shortening Date Nut Bars
  3. Lightly beat the egg yolks, add them, and mix again. 

  4. Beat the egg whites just a bit (with a fork or whisk), until they begin to foam. Then add them to the rest of the ingredients, mix with your hands, and press the stiff dough into the pan. Even the mixture out, covering the entire bottom of the pan. If you have to, don't be hesitant to move chunks of the "dough" with your hands to achieve a uniform thickness. 

  5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Cool the bars in the pan until you can easily move a butter knife around the sides. 

  6. I found it easier to tip the entire pan over onto a cutting board, then peel back the foil before cutting it into squares. You can do that or cut it in the pan and remove them one square at a time. 

    Removing foil from the No Butter or shortening Date Nut Bars

Recipe Notes

After the bars have cooled, use a large knife or a sharp cleaver to cut them into squares.