After many trials, I'm ready to publish this one. It's an adapted recipe from the 1988-89 Westgate Cookbook. (Westgate is a high school in Winnipeg) The original recipe was called "Rhubarb Bars", submitted by one Elvera Loewen.
1 1/2 cups quick, but not instant, oatmeal
3/4 cup all purpose white flour
3/4 cup all purpose whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Splenda, or other artificial sweetener
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup margarine, softened
2 cups coarsely chopped dates
1 1/2 cups water
Mix oatmeal, flours, sweetener, soda and nuts together in large bowl. Cut margarine in, as for biscuits or pastry, til mixture is crumbly. Press 2/3 of mixture into a 9" square pan that has been lined with foil and lightly greased with cooking oil spray.
Combine dates with water in small saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat til water is absorbed and dates are soft and very mushy. Spread softened dates over base in pan.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the crumb mixture over dates, spreading evenly over surface. Gently press crumbs down.
Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes, til top is golden brown.
Let cool, then gently lift foil out of pan and cut into 36 squares.
Per serving: (1 square)
Total Fat: 8.25 g
Saturated Fats: 0.13 g
Sodium: 65 mg
Carbohydrates: 10 g
Fibre: 4 g
Sugars: 3 g
Protein: 1.4 g