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Apricot Oat Bars

Apricot Oat Bars

These bars make for a great snack or dessert and go well with a warm cup of tea or cocoa. They're covered in oats, so have a napkin handy. It might get messy!

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 13 Ounces jar apricot jam or preserves
  • 8 dried apricots, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

For the crust

  • 1 3/4 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 Teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 3/4 Cup old-fashion oats
  • 1 Cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Servings24

Calories Per Serving258

Folate equivalent (total)15µg4%


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple or cranberry juice
  • 1 10-ounce jar apricot preserves, preferably "all-fruit" (1 scant cup)

Preheat oven to 325?F. Coat an 8-by-12-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray set aside.

Work together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda with your fingertips in a large bowl until no lumps of brown sugar remain. Drizzle oil and fruit juice over the oats and mix in with your fingertips until evenly moistened and crumbly.

Set aside 1/2 cup for the topping press the remainder evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread apricot preserves over the top. Sprinkle with the reserved oat topping.

Bake until golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the baking dish on a rack. Cut into 15 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Easy Recipe with Oats

Rolled oats are a staple in our house! I love baking with them and have been on an oats kick lately. Everyone at our house is big fans of these oatmeal muffins and overnight slow cooker oats are always a great option! So, I thought it was a great time to share these delicious apricot oatmeal bars. They work well as an “anytime” sweet treat. Obviously, they make a simple & delicious dessert. But they would certainly look beautiful as part of a brunch spread! Not only are these bars tasty, but they are really easy to make! You probably have all the ingredients on hand already, except for possibly the apricot preserves. Recipes with very few ingredients like this are always a win! With just 6 in these apricot bars, you just really can’t go wrong!


Oprah's Healthy Apricot Oat Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • ▢ 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • ▢ 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ▢ 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ▢ 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ▢ 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ▢ 1/3 cup applesauce
  • ▢ 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ▢ 1 cup (about 28) dried apricots, roughly chopped

Instructions

Recipe Notes

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This video from The New York Times shows how to make no-bake almond-apricot granola bars:

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Crumbly Oat and Apricot Bars

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Somewhere between a fruit bar and a crumble, this bar cookie has an oat, honey, and butter mixture that doubles as both the crust and the topping. The bright, tangy filling is a blend of dried apricots, honey, and apricot jam. Serve these apricot bars on their own or with a big scoop of ice cream.

This recipe was retested and updated by the CHOW Test Kitchen in May 2013.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • ¾ cup snipped dried apricots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice or milk

In a large mixing bowl combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In a medium mixing bowl combine egg, brown sugar, yogurt, water, molasses, and oil. Stir into flour mixture mix well.

Stir in oats, apricots, and raisins. Spread in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

For glaze, stir together powdered sugar and enough orange juice or milk to make of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bars. Makes 36 servings.


Preparation

Step 1

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13x2-inch metal baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.

FILLING:
In a small bowl, mix together the jam and the apricots. Set aside.

CRUST:
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated.

Using a fork or clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten. Bake until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


VARIATIONS

There are plenty of ways that you can customize this oat slice. You can&hellip

  • Make it vegan: Use vegan honey or maple syrup instead of honey to sweeten the oat slices. Also, be sure to use a vegan butter.
  • Omit the added sugar: If you would like to make these oat slices naturally sweetened, use 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup and completely omit the light brown sugar.
  • Make it gluten-free: Use gluten-free oats, and gluten-free oat flour or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Add a nut butter: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. would all taste fab in this oat slice snack! You can use a natural or sweetened nut butter. I recommend adding 1/4 cup nut butter to the mixture in Step 4.
  • Allergic to nuts?: Simply leave them out.
  • Switch up the nuts: Instead of chopped almonds, feel free to use cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts, or any other type of nuts that you like!
  • Don&rsquot have dried apricots?: No problem! Substitute with dried cranberries, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, dates, or other dried fruit that you have on hand instead.
  • Add seeds: Feel free to add pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, hemp, chia seeds, flaxseeds etc. if you like.
  • Add chocolate: If you&rsquore like me and adore all things chocolate, you can fold in white, milk, or dark chocolate chips or chunks into the mixture too!
  • Not a fan of coconut?: Simply leave out the desiccated coconut.

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