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Apricot Almond Oat Bars

Apricot Almond Oat Bars offer amazing flavor in a quick and easy treat. What a great crowd-pleaser!

Apricot Almond Oat Bars on parchment paper

While I do love so many traditional sweet flavor combinations, it’s fun to go off the beaten path now and then with some flavor pairs that aren’t as frequently represented here on BoB. In the case of these bars, that’s apricot and almond.

The two flavors go together so very well. They’re so sweet and nutty and just plain delicious. I first tried this flavor combo in a single-layer cake that remains one of my all-time favorites. I’m very excited to share another recipe with you that features these two flavors!

stack of Apricot Almond Oat Bars

To keep things simple, the apricot portion of these bars comes in the form of preserves, which are one of my favorite baking ingredients. This is a big pan of bars, so you’ll need a lot of preserves. But don’t worry if your stash of preserves leaves you a little shy for the total amount in the recipe.

Almonds are thoroughly represented here, too. The crust and topping of these bars is made with almond meal. While almond meal is something I usually keep on-hand, you can substitute almond flour or take a minute or two to grind up almonds to make your own.

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In addition to the almond meal, there is a bit of almond extract in the crust and topping for even more almond flavor. Once assembled, a sprinkling of sliced almonds on top rounds out the big almond taste.

I can’t impress upon you enough how wonderful this flavor combination is. It’s really just delightful. The sweetness of the apricots combined with the nuttiness of the almonds is perfection. And they’re so wonderfully crunchy and gooey, too. All that wrapped up in a simple to make treat? Oh, yeah.

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Apricot Almond Oat Bars

Yield 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Apricot Almond Oat Bars have such wonderful flavor. These are so easy to make and very quick to disappear!

Apricot Almond Oat Bars on parchment paper


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (148g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (48g) almond meal (or almond flour or ground almonds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (about 400g) apricot preserves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sliced almonds, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, almond meal, salt, and almond extract. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture forms loose crumbs. The mixture should hold together when pinched.
  3. Set aside about 1 cup to use for the topping.
  4. Press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Spread the preserves over the top of the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the top of the preserves. Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the top. Press down lightly.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Cool in the pan before cutting into bars.

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    8 Comments on “Apricot Almond Oat Bars”

  1. Jennifer this sounds perfect! Just one more of your many recipes for me to try. I’ve yet to be disappointed!

  2. These bars look so delicious! I love almonds and apricot together – such a delicious combination!

  3. Looks yummy and delicious. Thanks for sharing JENNIFER.

  4. Will definitely make these this week. Great for breakfast! Since this is a good sized panful, I’m going to use four different flavored rows. Will make a nice variety on a dessert tray. I’ll use apricot, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry and raspberry-apricot or 4-berry. I love mixing flavors.

  5. Can gluten free flour be used?

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