apricot oat bars

Apricot Oat Bars Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

My apricot oat bars are incredibly easy and wonderful! There is nothing I don’t do with oats, even mudpacks and hair rinses (which of course I don’t eat, or drink, respectively: Relax!) No problem whatsoever adapting these apricot oat bars to gluten-free!




  • 3/4 cup natural margarine (health food stores)
  • 3/4 cup sucanat
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour: all purpose, whole wheat pastry or spelt. Gluten-free: use any GF flour, + 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot jam (try your best for all-fruit)


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Put all but last ingredient in a mixing bowl, and work the mixture by hand briefly, only until it comes together into a smooth dough. Spread two thirds of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet, pressing hard to compact it. You will get a layer about 1/2 inch thick. Don’t worry if it doesn’t cover the whole surface of the sheet, just ignore the empty space. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Crumble the remaining dough, adding a little flour if necessary, to resemble coarse meal, and sprinkle it over the jam. Bake about 40 minutes. Cut off a little square and let it cool: If it is is not  crisp, return the pan to the oven and bake a few minutes longer. Cool slightly before cutting into bars or squares. Store at room temperature in an air-tight cookie tin.

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen.

3 replies
  1. Cyndi
    Cyndi says:

    Hi, this recipe looks great! What do you think of coming to the 5Towns and giving a cooking demo at someone’s house..
    Miss you xoxoxoxoxo!!!!

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Sucanat is an unrefined brown sugar, tastes great! You will find it in health food stores, but if you do go to a price club or a Trader Joe, you will find it much cheaper.

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