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 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 the recipes my German grandmother used to make 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 this recipe?
The easy answer is: probably stuff you already have in the pantry.
- Apricot jam. If you grew up with apricots in the summer, I am convinced that you also love apricot jam. This recipe uses a jar of this precious fruit that can be consumed in the early months of summer.
- Quick- Cooking Rolled Oats
- dark brown sugar
- all purpose flour
- baking powder
How to make these apricot oat bars:
First of all, preheat the oven to 350F. Gather the ingredients and make sure you have everything you need.
Grab a bowl and sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt. Add oats and sugar and stir well.
Cut the butter in 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.
In a 11×7 inch pan, pat 2/3 of crumbs on the bottom to create the base of the bars.
STOP right here for a second, because I want to tell you something. This recipe can be made with any kind of jam you like. I used apricot jam, because this is the original recipe, but you can use other jams you like.
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 apricot jam. Apricot jam is the best, but other jams are delicious too.
What I was saying before? Yes, how to make these bars. So, spread jam over the crust.
Using a spatula, spread it well, making sure that all surface is covered.
On top of the jam sprinkle the remaining crumbs of dough you saved earlier.
Bake at 350F for about 35-40 minutes until it gets golden brown on top.
Let the pan cool, then cut the bars and serve. They have a crumbly texture, but they are delicious.
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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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 is a basic recipe that actually allows you to become creative and add things that you really like.
Suggestions for other bars and cookies:
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a big bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt.
- Add oats and sugar and mix well.
- Cut in butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. The recipe works better if the butter is not very cold.
- Pat 2/3 of crumbs in a pan with the size of 11x7x1 1/2 inch.
- Spread the entire surface with apricot jam.
- Top with remaining crumbs.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the surface is golden bown.
- Cool and cut in 2 1/2 dozens.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 121 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 40mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g