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Apricot-Flax Oat Bars

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 32 3x2-inch bars

High in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds combine with oats and almonds to give these caramelly bars a rustic chunkiness, while the honey lends a wonderful toffee-like texture. If you’d prefer them chewier, you can cook the syrup to 250°F to 260°F, but the flavor will be more like butterscotch than caramel. To preserve the texture, store in an airtight container.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 5 oz.) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (about 3-1/2 oz.) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz.) ground flaxseeds, preferably golden
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 4-1/2 oz. dried apricot halves (about 21), minced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 100
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 45
  • Fat (g): 5
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 30
  • Carbohydrates (g): 13
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a straight-sided 9×13-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang at the ends. Spray the pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine the oats and sliced almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake until fragrant and barely golden at the edges (do not brown), 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, and then stir in the flaxseeds. Lower the oven temperature to 300°F.
  • Clip a candy thermometer to the side of a 4-quart heavy-duty saucepan. Add the sugar, honey, salt, and 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the syrup reaches 270°F to 280°F. Remove from the heat and remove the thermometer. Add the butter and stir carefully (the mixture may bubble up slightly). Stir in the apricots and vanilla and almond extracts. Stir the oat mixture into the syrup in the saucepan and stir to coat.
  • Immediately spread the mixture in the prepared pan, pressing it evenly with a spatula. Bake until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool in the pan until solid and firm enough to lift out of the pan by the foil. Carefully peel away the foil, and using a large, heavy knife, cut into 32 bars. They will keep, stored in an airtight container, for 2 to 3 weeks.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • Couscousier | 03/18/2019

    These are pretty simple to make and sinfully good. I had to take most of them to the office for fear my wife and I would down the entire batch. Followed the recipe to the letter. They are a bit sticky to handle (so that's something to consider if you're looking for picnic or road food) but not overly so. This recipe has definitely earned a place in my family's rotation.

  • Kokinneke | 05/21/2015

    For my taste it is too sugary and the dried apricots make it chewy. I wont make it again, preferring granola.

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