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1 cup each whole wheat flour, brown sugar and rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest and juice of an orange (sour or sweet orange, your choice!)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup Date Filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8x8 baking pan.
Mix together whole wheat flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, baking soda, salt and zest of orange, with melted butter.
Divide mixture in half. Mix juice of orange with egg.
Add to one half of flour mixture, stir until completely mixed. Spread lightly into prepared pan.
Use a teaspoon to drop small dollops of date filling onto batter in pan.
If necessary, use a fork to lightly spread filling more evenly.
Mix chopped walnuts into remaining half of flour mixture to create nut topping.
Spread topping evenly across the date filling.
Use the back of a fork to light press topping into a compact, even layer.
Bake in preheated oven until bottom and edges are lightly browned.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into16 squares.
Place leftovers in a tightly sealed container and store at room temperature.

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