Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

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.

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

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.

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

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Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

Apricot Oat Nut Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 18 bars

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking

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Comments

  1. Katy says:

    I love apricot, and these bars look delicious – perfect for a picnic!

  2. Anything with oats, apricots and white chocolate has my vote! How wonderful, Laura, that your father had that cooking magazine so you could share this yummy recipe for SundaySupper =)

  3. I buy cooking magazines too, but never recycle them…lol! I yet have to make bars with apricots. These sound perfect Laura, and I do love my oats in any recipe!

  4. These are gorgeous! I love apricots and know we’d love these!

  5. I just came across a recipe similar to this but using dates last night. I wasn’t sure how the crust would hold up based on the instructions but it’s almost the same ratios as you used here so I think I’ll give it a shot. Maybe half apricot half date ….

    • Laura says:

      The crust is really amazing! I think you’ll really enjoy it. I love dates too, so you can’t go wrong with either dates or apricots. Thanks, Amanda!

  6. Liz says:

    Any bar with dried apricots and white chocolate chips has got to be a winner! These look fantastic!

  7. I can’t get enough of apricots. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    What great bars! The perfect sweet treat at a picnic. Love that they can easily be changed out w/flavors and ingredients, especially as I’m allergic to nuts. Apricots and oats are my fav!

    • Laura says:

      Since your allergic to nuts, you may want to add additional dried apricots and white chips to give them enough flavor. Thanks, Diana!

  9. Debbie Eccard says:

    Scott and I just bought apricots today! I just love them….. These bars sound amazing!

  10. Oh wow, apricots and white chocolate that sounds like a match made in heaven

  11. mookies says:

    They look great! I love apricots in any dessert and oats in my bars. Definitely i mast try them.

  12. Megan says:

    YUM! I would love to try these bars out. Great photos :)

  13. Tara says:

    Don’t those look ooey gooey good!!

  14. A good looking bar.

  15. Carla says:

    It’s not often I like desserts without chocolate, but these remind me of something I had once and really liked plus i like apricot jam. My coworker who doesn’t like chocolate will thank you for this (although I may sneak in some chocolate chips).

    • Laura says:

      The recipe suggests either white chocolate or dark chocolate chips. I went with white because I’m allergic to chocolate, but I say go for the dark chocolate ones if you love chocolate. Thanks, Carla!

  16. Fruit and nut bars are ideal for picnics! Love it

  17. I love apricots and with the white chocolate chips and walnuts, I bet these are incredible!

  18. I really enjoy snack bars such as this. And I love the oat/nut/apricot combo you’ve put together. Great recipe!

  19. Stacy says:

    What sticky beautiful bars! I think the crunchy, toasted nuts would be my favorite part too, Laura!

  20. Miss Messy says:

    Sound great :) I’d love some of these right about now, i don’t use apricot enough!

    • Laura says:

      Apricots are one of my favorite fruits and this is so easy because it uses dried apricots and jam. Fresh apricots are great in cakes.

  21. gorgeous photos, these bars sound amazing… love the combination!

  22. These are beautiful bars, Laura! I love anything that’s chewy and crunchy, especially when it’s on top of a buttery cookie crust. The nuts, oats and dried fruit make them healthy too ;)

  23. Oooohhhhhh….I want some of these badly. Giada has a similar recipe that I’ve tried, and it’s very good. BUT hers doesn’t have white chocolate chips, so I think you win! Take that, Giada!

  24. Such a great picnic food! This would also be great to take on a hike or something. Yumm!

  25. these look delicious!!! I seriously love any and all sweet baked treats with dried fruit and walnuts. . delicious!!!

  26. These look seriously ooey gooey and moist. Love them!

  27. I am apricot OBSESSED right now! Love these bars.

  28. Love these, they look yummy! Apricot preserves included really must give this a great taste.

  29. These were the perfect IDEA! What a great combination of ingredients!

  30. These Apricot Oat Nut Bars look incredible, and I love the gooey center. Perfect little snack or dessert!

  31. Renee says:

    Apricots and walnuts with some oats in the mix sounds heavenly to me. They look so rich and gooey. Yum!

  32. These are fantastic, healthy little bars! Perfect for a grab and go breakfast. I’ve pinned them to my Breakfast Galore board. :)

  33. Laura, I love old fashioned baked goods. These remind me of something my grandma might have made. But no pistachios. She would have used ust walnuts. However, let’s not quibble. These look fantastic and I love apricots.

  34. I have some oat/apricot bars that I posted a couple years ago! Yours remind me of them. Only I didnt use white choc; but did work in some PB. I love bars like these with tons of texture and lots of flavors going on!

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