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TNH Test Kitchen: Apricot Oat Bars

TNH Test Kitchen: Apricot Oat Bars


  • 1 13 ounce jar of apricot jam/preserves (about 1 ¼ cup) 
  • 8 dried apricots chopped into smaller pieces (about ⅓ cup)  
  • 1 3/4 cups flour 
  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 3/4 cup old-fashion oats 
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, beaten 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9-by-13-by-2-inch metal baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside. 

Filling: In a small bowl, mix together the jam and the apricots. Set aside. 

Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated. 

Using a fork or clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten. Bake until light-golden for about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to three days. 

This recipe is one that is super easy to make and is SO GOOD!  They can be for breakfast on-the-go, a snack or dessert warmed up with some vanilla ice cream.  

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