Prepare crust by preheating oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Line an 8x8-inch baking dish (or use multiple pans if making a larger batch) with parchment paper and extend paper up over the edges.
Add maple syrup, dates, and coconut oil and pulse until a "dough" forms that holds together when you squeeze it between your fingers. If it appears too dry, add more dates or water for moisture.
*If avoiding oil, you can try subbing a 1/2 + 1/2 mixture of applesauce and water for the oil. Or you can use more dates and a little water to avoid the oil. But I haven't tested these methods and can’t guarantee the results.
*In place of the date caramel, for even more decadent bars sub a batch of our Easy Vegan Caramel Sauce.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 24 bars calculated with the oil (I cut them into 9 bars for photos, but they’re quite rich and we would recommend smaller servings).