I like to pretend these are like energy bars instead of dessert. Please don't crash my worldview.
The sugar in this can be adjusted to taste, and depending on the dates you use, you may want to scale it back. Some chopped dates are coated in sugar, so with those I cut the sugar back by 1/4 cup. Chopped dates also seem to melt better than whole, but I've used both and no one complained either way.
You can also roll these into balls when cool and coat them with powdered sugar. But that looks like dessert so I do bars to keep the dream alive. —PeachyCallahan