Diabetic Date Orange Bars

1 cup dates (chopped up)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil (vegetable)
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon orange zest

Combine sugar, dates, juice and oil in saucepan. Cook mixture for about 5 minutes to allow dates to soften. Allow to cool. Add in all the rest of the ingredients. Spread in to oiled 8 x 8 inch pan. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 24 – 28 minutes. Cool in pan before slicing. Makes about 3 dozen bars.

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