Dates & Walnut Bars aka Food For The Gods

These bars are very very delicious and’s more popularly known in the Philippines as food for the gods…you simply have to taste it to find out if it deserves the monicker.

I don’t really know why this is called food for the gods..some say because of the ingredients -dates and walnuts are not easily available in the Philippines before, even now it’s not widely available and can be very expensive-others said because it’s heavenly-delicious like an ambrosia ( the food/drink of the gods); it could be both but what I know for sure is:  this is a really, really good bar and it’s so easy  and quick to make too;  no special equipment needed.  The only hassle  I find here is the chopping of the dates and nuts.

Don’t be surprised if you find it oily, keep in mind it has a cup of butter in it ( which is what makes it delicious..but I used margarine as substitute, only because I can’t take too much dairy these days); if you want you can reduce it to 3/4 cups like what I do. I’ve also tried making these with combination of  brown sugar  and granulated Splenda ..the result is not as good (in my opinion) but lesser in calories of course which is good if you’re watching your weight..I still prefer the original recipe though when I make these which is not that often because this is a very rich bar and I have low  no self-control when it comes to sweets.


Food For The Gods (Date and Walnut Bar)

2 eggs
2 cups sugar (I sometimes replaced this with 1 2/2 cup Splenda and 1/2 cup brown sugar)
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 300F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2inch baking pan. Set aside

In a bowl, beat eggs lightly, Add sugar, butter, vanilla, nuts and dates. Combine flour and baking powder, fold this to the wet ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until done (when a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean or dry ). Cool slightly and cut into bars while still warm.. Serve with your favorite cup of tea or coffee..Yum!

♥ Thanks for stopping by..Have a nice day!! 🙂 ♥

13 Responses to "Dates & Walnut Bars aka Food For The Gods"

  1. Bridgett   February 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Would you please send me a few? lol…these look and sound fabulous!

  2. Sophie   February 15, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hi Olive,

    I also gave you an AWARd!! Yeah!!

    • Olive   February 17, 2010 at 4:58 am

      Aww…thanks so much Sophie!!! 😀

  3. Sophie   February 15, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Hello Olive,

    I wrote about the award i recieved from you a while ago!! Come over & check it out!

  4. Trissa   February 15, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Oh my. these are definitely worthy of being called Food for the Gods!

  5. Jeannie   February 14, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Indeed it does looks delicious and scrumptious…and so loaded with calories but what the heck! it’s the festive season so a little bit of indulgence is ok right?:D

  6. Wizzythestick   February 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I can see why these might be addictive:-) Winning combination dates and walnuts

  7. Brad   February 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Sounds great, you can never have too much butter.

  8. Patty   February 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Wow. I love date and walnut combinations, so this seems like the perfect recipe. My daughter and husband are HUGE fans of dates, so thank you for the recipe!

  9. Sophie   February 7, 2010 at 2:50 am

    MMMMMMMMMMMM,…Olive!! These good for you bars bring a lot of energy to your body in the morning or are a delicious snack!

    They look so good,….mmmmmmm!

  10. Divina   February 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Olive. Christmas is not yet over. 🙂 I really, really love this one. I actually used 1 cup butter and they’re really easy to make. Very addictive actually and really, really good. 🙂

  11. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie   February 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Those bars look super delicious!

  12. MaryMoh   February 6, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Looks very delicious. Perfect for my afternoon tea. Thanks for sharing.


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