Easy No-Bake Date & Pecan Bars

These date and pecan bars with tart cherries and toasted coconut are an easy breakfast. Make them ahead and store them in baggies for a quick, on-the-go meals.

Easy No-Bake Date & Pecan Bars

  • 1 pkg. Effie’s Oatcakes
  • 3 T. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 c. whole Medjool dates
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. toasted pecans, chopped
  • 3 oz. dried tart cherries
  • 2 T. toasted unsweetened coconut

Break the Oatcakes into the bowl of a food processor and process until you have a fine crumb. Transfer to a bowl and add the melted butter to form a moistened meal.

Press the Oatcake crumbs into a small Pyrex dish or 9-inch pie tin. Press the crumbs evenly along the bottom of the pan forming an even crust. Place the crust in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour.

Soak the dates in the 2 c. warm water for 30 minutes. Drain the dates, reserving 2 T. of the water. Pit the dates with your hands and transfer to a blender or small food processor. Pulse the dates and then add the 2 T. reserved water. Puree until smooth and transfer to a bowl. You should yield about 1 1/2 c. of date puree.

Remove the crust from the freezer. Using an off-set spatula spread the date puree over the crust for an even thin 1/4-inch layer. Sprinkle the toasted pecans over the date puree and then top with tart cherries and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

Return the bars to the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or more) lightly covered.

Cut the bars into small 1- to 2-inch portion sizes. 

The bars will last in the refrigerator for up to one week.