Combine in a saucepan:
1 pkg (1lb) pitted dates cut up
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
Mix well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly,until dates are soft . Remove from heat and cool.
Combine in a large bowl;
1pkg white cake mix
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
Mix until well blended & crumbly. Press half of mixture into greased 9″ pan. Spread cooled date mixture and top with remaining crumbs.
Bake 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees