This apricot oatmeal bars recipe is great as a pick-me-up during the middle of the day. Spike it with orange-flavored liqueur for an added buzz if you like.

How To Make Apricot Oatmeal Bars

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Preparation:
30 mins
Cooking:
40 mins
Total:
1 hr 10 mins
Serves:
48

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quaker Oats
  • 2 cups ground almonds or pecans, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt optional
  • 1 ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar plus 1 tbsp for topping
  • 4 egg yolks or 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 18 oz apricot preserves
  • 1 cup dried apricots finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp orange-flavored liqueur optional

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, 1.5 cups ground almonds, flour and salt, mixing well. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and 1.5 cups powdered sugar until creamy. Add egg yolks, vanilla and almond extract, beating well. Stir in oat mixture and mix well.
  • Reserve 1 ⅓ cups of this mixture, put in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Spread the rest of the oat mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine preserves, apricots and liqueur (optional), mixing well. Spread evenly over the partially baked base.
  • Add remaining ground almonds to the reserved oat mixture and mix well. Drop by 1/4 teaspoonfuls evenly over the apricot mixture.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  • Sprinkle with 1 tbsp powdered sugar. Cut into bars and store tightly covered until ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg