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Apricot Oat Bars Recipe


I love this apricot oat bars recipe. The bars are delicious and very easy to make. Make them for a lazy Sunday and have them with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, make them for a potluck, so you can be the star of the party or just for yourself when you want something sweet and delicious.

Apricot Oat Bars stacked- Pinterest photo

Apricot Oat Bars are one of these desserts you can put together in less than an hour if you move fast. Incredibly easy to make, this recipe is perfect if you want to bake with kids. 

While this recipe tastes like my German grandmother’s recipes while I was growing up, this is definitely an Americanized version.  

These bars are made with brown sugar and oats, ingredients that in Eastern Europe were not popular. 

What kind of ingredients go into these bars?

The easy answer is: probably stuff you already have in the pantry.

How to make these Oatmeal Apricot Bars:

Step 1. Preheat the oven and gather the ingredients.

First of all, preheat the oven to 350F. Gather the ingredients and make sure you have everything you need. 

Step 2. Sift flour, add dry ingredients.

Grab a bowl and sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt.  Add oats and sugar and stir well. 

Step 3. Make the crumble.

Cut the butter into small chunks and add them to the mixture. Work the butter into the flour until you obtain a dough that looks like bread crumbs. The butter doesn’t have to be super cold. 

Step 4. Assemble the bars.

In an 11×7 inch pan, pat 2/3 of the crumbs on the bottom to create the base of the bars.

Oatmeal Crust for Apricot Oat Bars

STOP right here for a second because I want to tell you something. You can make this recipe with any jam you like.

I used apricot jam because this is the original recipe, but you can use other jams you like.

Apricot jam jar next to the crust for bars

It could be quince jam, strawberry, plum, or whatever you have around.

Do not deprive yourself of this dessert just because you do not have an apricot jam. Apricot jam is the best, but other jams are delicious too.

What was I saying before? Yes, how to make these bars. So, spread jam over the crust.

Apricot jam on the crust

Using a spatula, spread it well, making sure that all surface is covered. 

Layer of apricot jam on top of crust- Apricot Oat Bars

On top of the jam, sprinkle the remaining crumbs of dough you saved earlier. 

Apricot Oat Bars already baked in the pan

Step 5. Bake.

Bake at 350F for about 35-40 minutes until it gets golden brown on top.

Apricot Oat Bars lined on the table

Let the pan cool, then cut the bars and serve. They have a crumbly texture, but they are delicious.

Apricot Oat Bars stacked - close up

My grandmother would serve them with coffee or tea in the afternoon for a delightful visit and chat with her friends.

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Apricot Oat Bars stacked

These bars could also be served during the holidays, together with other cookies and desserts you might also enjoy. They are perfect for any event. 

Some recipes add chopped almonds, pecans, or even walnuts for more crunch and texture.

This basic recipe allows you to become creative and add things that you really like.

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Apricot and Sour Cream Scones

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Pumpkin Seed And Apricot Pumpkin Sweet Bread

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Apricot Oat Bars Recipe

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I love this apricot oat bars recipe. The bars are delicious and very easy to make. Make them for a lazy Sunday and have them with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, make them for a potluck, so you can be the star of the party or just for yourself when you want something sweet and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a big bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt.
  3. Add oats and sugar and mix well.
  4. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. The recipe works better if the butter is not very cold.
  5. Pat 2/3 of crumbs in a pan with the size of 11x7x1 1/2 inch.
  6. Spread the entire surface with apricot jam.
  7. Top with remaining crumbs.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the surface is golden bown.
  9. Cool and cut in 2 1/2 dozens.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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Monday 6th of December 2021


This apricot oat bar recipe looks absolutely delicious; thank you for sharing!

I have a quick question about the recipe. Is this a make ahead dessert, and if so, how many days in advance could I make these bars? I was hoping to have them as a Christmas dessert and make them a day (or two) ahead of time if possible.

Thank you!



Monday 6th of December 2021

@The Bossy Kitchen, Wonderful!! Thank you for such a prompt response and sharing this tasty recipe; I look forward to trying it!😊 -Julia

The Bossy Kitchen

Monday 6th of December 2021

You can definitely make them with 1-2 days in advance, and they are indeed perfect for the holidays, on a tray with multiple different cookies and bars. :-)

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