What, no butter? I couldn't imagine what this date nut bar recipe would produce: it has no butter and only five tablespoons of flour. I began with more than a bit of trepidation and ended as a very happy baker. These are delicious -- a 1940s version of a granola bar, albeit without the granola -- and easy-ish on the waistline.
The recipe, written in a composition book, is from a large collection of Amish recipes I purchased last week on eBay in an rather intense bidding war. Like many recipes of its time -- perhaps the lack of butter was a result of food wartime food rationing? -- this recipe features dates and nuts quite prominently, not that there's anything wrong with that!