Orchard Date-Apricot Bars

Orchard Date-Apricot Bars

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Enjoy these delicious bars spread with date-apricot filling that’s perfect for a dessert.

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Date-Apricot Filling
1 1/4
cups dates (8 ounces pitted)
1 1/2
cups dried apricots, cut-up (8 ounces)
cup sugar
1 1/2
cups water
cup packed brown sugar
cup canola or soybean oil
cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
cup plus 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
teaspoon salt
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
cups quick-cooking oats
  1. In medium saucepan, mix all filling ingredients until well blended. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Heat oven to 400ºF. Spray rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray.
  3. Mix brown sugar and oil in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients; mixture will be moist and crumbly. Press half of the crumb mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Spread with date-apricot filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture; press lightly.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
Makes 36 Bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
A Note from Dr. B.:
This wonderful, old-fashioned recipe now contains flaxseed. Buying whole flaxseed and grinding it into meal with a coffee grinder is less expensive than buying ground flaxseed. Because flaxseed is high in fat (good fat) and fats do not keep very long, grind only the amount you need and keep it covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 150
    • (Calories from Fat 50),
  • Total Fat 6g
    • (Saturated Fat 0g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 90mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 17g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 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 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.