Sticky Toffee Date Crumble Bars

These sticky toffee date crumble bars are the perfect combination of healthier ingredients to create a sweet, filling and decadent crumble bar which can be eaten for breakfast or dessert and you won’t feel guilty for having more than one!

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I love a to-do list and I especially love it when it’s successfully crossed off and you’re pleased with the outcome… just like these bars.

These Sticky Toffee Date Crumble Bars had been on my to-do/to-try and do list for a little while. When I’m creating something like this it takes a little more preparation and time to think what ingredients are going to work well and how can I make them how I want them to be, and I’m pleased to say I am really happy with how these turned out.

I was inspired to create these after successfully making my blueberry cheesecake crumble bars  and they follow a similar concept of a firm base layer made with oats and flour followed by a deliciously naturally sweet thick toffee layer and topped off with a crumbly sweet oat layer. I wanted to make these so they were acceptable for breakfast consumption but could also be a snack/dessert if desired and I think I’ve successfully achieve that. The ingredients I’ve used are ideal for breakfast as I have combined a mixture of oats, naturally sweetened with dates and a small amount of coconut sugar so that they don’t spike your bloody sugar levels and can set you up for the day.

When I first made these I was making them to have for my mid-morning snack throughout the week as I always like to have something on hand for when my mid-morning hunger kicks in, but sadly half of these were demolished as soon as they had cooled from the oven! Trust me they are so good and feel like a complete treat but I didn’t feel too bad for scoffing them up as they are packed full of good-for-you ingredients so no need to feel toooo guilty 😉 … at least this is what I tell myself anyway!

For these crumble bars I tried to keep it as simple as possible and not to overcomplicate it with various different ingredients as I think having to make three layers is complicated enough as it is and as I am someone who likes to keep my cooking as stress-free as possible (says the most stressy person in the kitchen ever!), I used the same mixture for the topping as I did the base but the base will need just a little more liquid to combine so that it can be pressed into your dish, and then the filling I knew I could keep simple with a few ingredients to make a deliciously sweet date toffee and then finally topped with the divided crumble mixture.

How To:

First start by combining all the base ingredients in your blender until ‘dough’ holds together and can be pressed and smoothed out firmly with a spoon and a spatula into a lined baking dish. Set aside in the fridge whilst you make the filling by processing all the ingredients in your food processor until thick and smooth, then remove from the processor with a spatula and smooth out evenly over the base. Set this aside in the fridge whilst you make the topping, add all the topping ingredients to the processor and pulse a few times so that it mixes together but doesn’t turn to dust (you can also do this in a mixing bowl until well-combined). Then sprinkle the topping over the filling evenly and press into the mixture so that the crumble sticks nicely and crumble off whilst being sliced. Bake the crumble bars in the oven until golden and firm and then remove from the heat to cool completely before removing and slicing.

These bars can be sliced into 6 -8 large slices or slice them into smaller servings as you may find them to be too heavy and filling. They can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days but are best served at room temperature so just leave out of the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a go, leave a comment and let me know or post a picture in  @untaintedtastesinstagram or  facebook and use #untaintedtastes and tag me @untaintedtastes as I’d love to see them 🙂 xo

Sticky Toffee Date Crumble Bars
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Recipe type: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Re-fined Sugar Free
Cuisine: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Serves: Serves 6 - 8
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup wholemeal flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 cups dates, soaked in water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup wholemeal flour
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C/Gas Mark 4. Line a dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor combine all the base ingredients until a dough forms (adding a little extra milk if needed). Place the dough in the bottom of the dish and compress with a spatula until flat and touching all sides of the dish.
  3. Next wipe out the food processor and add all the filling ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place the filling over the base ingredients and set aside whilst you make the topping.
  4. Wipe out the food processor again and add all the topping ingredients, pulse a few times (do not over mix) or do this by hand in a mixing bowl, until combined by not broken down completely.
  5. Then evenly add the topping ingredients to the dish, pressing down gently so they stick into the filling (makes it easier to cut in to).
  6. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, checking for brownness and firmness.
  7. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before slicing.

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