Honey-Apricot Bars

Don't you want to pick up one of these bars? Bursting with the goodness of fruit, honey and oats, apricot bars are begging to be eaten.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Apricot Filling

2
cups dried apricots (10 oz), chopped
1/2
cup honey
1/2
cup water
1/2
cup apple juice
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
egg

Crust

1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups quick-cooking oats
1
cup packed brown sugar
3/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, cook all filling ingredients except egg over medium heat about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. Pour mixture into food processor. Cover; process 10 to 15 seconds, pulsing on and off, until finely chopped. Add egg. Cover; process, pulsing on and off, until mixed.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F (if using dark or nonstick pan, heat oven to 325°F). Grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix all crust ingredients with fork until crumbly. Pat half of the mixture in bottom of pan. Spread filling over base. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; press lightly.
  • 4 Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

If you line the baking pan with foil before greasing, you won’t have a dirty pan to wash!

To keep bars longer, wrap tightly, label and freeze up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
220mg
220%;
Total Carbohydrate
32g
32%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
21g
21%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.