2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, cut into pieces
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1. Pre-heat oven to 190C.
2.Place pitted dates in orange juice and cinnamon and simmer for 30 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. (be careful not to scorch mixture if it gets too thick)
3. Combine flour, salt and brown sugar and cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Stir in coconut, nuts and oats.
4. Press half of dough mixture into bottom of large pyrex baking dish. Pat dough flat with a sheet of wax paper on hand. Spread date mixture to within a half inch of edges. Top with remaining dough and flatten lightly with wax paper on hand.
3.Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden. Let cool in pan and cut into 24 bars.