I’m always looking for new ideas. Ideas for my next novel or blog post; ideas for what to make for dinner or dessert; ideas of how to use up super ripe fruit or the last few cinnamon chips. Sometimes I come up with ideas easily, other times inspiration strikes when I least expect it. And then there are those times when I got nuthin’. My mind is empty, and the harder I try to come up with something, the less likely it becomes ideas will strike.
So I turn to Mom and Dad. Mom has come up with quite a few good ideas. I know, of course, she’s Mom! But Dad will admit he has no ideas. If I need to answer a history question or map out my dream house, Dad’s my guy, but not so much when it comes to a great new and unique recipe.
He makes up for this by picking up cooking magazines on occasion. He did this awhile ago and I flipped through it and tore out a couple of recipes before placing it in the recycle pile (we recycle a ton). Dad jokingly prodded me about why his kind gesture was in the recycle. I reassured him I had put it to good use.
These Apricot Oat Nut Bars came from the most recent magazine and have been in my pile of recipes to make for a few months now. After finally collecting all the ingredients, I popped these in the oven. Mom wasn’t sure the dough had come together and would bake up properly, but after one bite, we all agreed they were outstanding and will be made again. The base is firm and cookie like with the sweet, gooey jam in the middle, and the sandy topping with some dried fruit and white chips for added flavor and texture. The nuts are super crunchy and toasty, which I just love! This recipe is also flexible. I think it would be good with pretty much any nuts, preserves, and dried fruit you love and have on hand. Regardless, these bars are sure to become a new favorite. And since today’s Sunday Supper is all about picnics, I figured these were super appropriate. They are portable, don’t have to be kept cold, and are easy to whip up today for your Memorial Day picnic tomorrow.
Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper recipes!
Salads and Slaws:
- Bacon Ranch Potato Salad from Juanita’s Cocina
- Caprese Spinach Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Chicken Chopped Salad from Table for Seven
- Cold Pea Salad from Shockingly Delicious
- Creamy Potato Salad with Roasted Pears, Cilantro and Romano Cheese from Gourmet Drizzles
- German Potato Salad from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Hawaiian Cole Slaw from Curious Cuisiniere
- Italian Chopped Salad from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Kale Pasta Salad from Hip Foodie Mom
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mizeria (Polish Cucumber Salad) from From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- PA Dutch Pepper Cabbage from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pineapple Slaw from I Run For Wine
- Spaghetti Salad from Country Girl in the Village
- Tortellini Pasta Salad from Supper for a Steal
Sandwiches and Mains:
- Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich from Momma’s Meals
- Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Tomato Sandwich from Magnolia Days
- Grilled Bratwurst and Onion Open-Face Sandwiches from The Urban Mrs
- Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Green Goddess Sauce from Foxes Love Lemons
- Herbs-Garlic and Parmesan Croissants from Basic N Delicious
- Indian Spiced Chicken Drumsticks from Soni’s Food
- Japanese Picnic Bento Box from The Ninja Baker
- Mini Chicken Salad, Avocado and Cheese Subs from Big Bear’s Wife
- Moroccan Fried Chicken from MarocMama
- Pepper, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Quiche from Happy Baking Days
- Picnic Basket Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Noshing with the Nolands
- Salmon in a Jar from Healthy. Delicious.
- Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Spam Musubi fromKimchi Mom
- Apricot Oat Nut Bars from Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treat Pops from In The Kitchen With KP
- Cocoa Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Fruit Salad from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Fruit Salad with Honey Port Drizzle from Family Foodie
- Loaded Butterscotch Bars from Vintage Kitchen
- Nathan’s Cookies from What Smells So Good?
- Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treat Truffles from Chocolate Moosey
- Shandy Popsicles With Raspberries from Ruffles & Truffles
- Texas Sheet Cake with Pecan Frosting from Food Lust People Love
- Triple Chocolate Punch Bowl Cake from Neighborfood
- Fresh Limeade with Chia Seeds from girlichef
- Pineapple Sangria from Growing Up Gabel
- Strawberry Basil Lemonade from The Messy Baker Blog
- Strawberry Lemonade from Gotta Get Baked
- Top 10 Wines for Picnic #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine blog
- Watermelon Agua Fresca from Daily Dish Recipes
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold, cubed
¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios
¾ cup walnuts
¾ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
¾ cup white baking chips
1 18 ounce jar apricot preserves (I used Sarabeth’s Apricot Peach)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Add the butter and using your hands, blend it into the dry ingredients until it is pretty well combined and uniformly distributed. The dough will still be crumbly but should be starting to come together. It is like making a crumble topping. Add the nuts and mix in with your hands. Reserve 1 ½ cups of this mixture. Take the remaining mixture and press it into an ungreased 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
While the crust bakes, add the apricots and white chips to the reserved topping and stir to combine. Once the crust has baked, spread the preserves over it, leaving about 1/8 inch border. Sprinkle with the reserved topping. Bake for about an additional 30 minutes, rotating halfway through if necessary until golden brown and the jam is bubbling in the center of the pan. Cool completely in pan before cutting. Bars may be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking