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Apricot almond square shaped oat slices on parchment paper.

Apricot Almond Oat Slice (Oat Bars)

4.3 from 3 reviews

This Apricot Almond Oat Slice is quick and easy to make, lower in sugar than store-bought oat slices, and the perfect healthy snack to have around for kids and adults! It’s made with heart-healthy oats, flour, coconut, crunchy almonds, dried apricots, brown sugar and honey for some sweetness! They’re chewy, crunchy, sweet, and simply SO GOOD!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper (nonstick cooking paper) so that the ends are sticking out. (This will make it easier to transfer the baked oat slice slab to a cooling rack later).
  2. Combine the unsalted butter and honey in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring with a spoon in between, until melted.
  3. Combine the old fashioned rolled oats, wholewheat flour (wholemeal wheat flour), brown sugar, desiccated coconut, dried apricots, almonds, and baking soda. Mix with a large spoon or rubber spatula until evenly combined.
  4. Pour in the melted unsalted butter and honey into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and add the almond extract, ground cinnamon, and water. Mix with a spoon until evenly combined, then spoon into the prepared baking pan. Flatten the mixture using the back of the spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the middle has set.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then use the nonstick cooking paper edges as “handles” to lift the baked slab and transfer to a cooling rack.
  7. Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and enjoy! Or store the slices at room temperature in a sealed container for 5-7 days.

Notes

  1. To freeze: I haven’t tried freezing these oat slices because they disappear very quickly in my house and don’t last for more than a couple of days! But if you’d like to freeze them for later, I suggest wrapping each oat slice individually in cling wrap, and then wrapping them all in a foil package. Place the foil package in an airtight sealed container or freezer bag and freeze for up to one month. You can pull out a slice and thaw on the counter for 30 minutes or so, then enjoy!
  2. Make it vegan: Use vegan honey or maple syrup instead of honey to sweeten the oat slices. Also, be sure to use a vegan butter.
  3. Omit the added sugar: If you would like to make these oat slices naturally sweetened, use 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup and completely omit the light brown sugar.
  4. Make it gluten-free: Use gluten-free oats, and gluten-free oat flour or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  5. Add a nut butter: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. would all taste fab in this oat slice snack! You can use a natural or sweetened nut butter. I recommend adding 1/4 cup nut butter to the mixture in Step 4.
  6. Allergic to nuts?: Simply leave them out.
  7. Switch up the nuts: Instead of chopped almonds, feel free to use cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts, or any other type of nuts that you like!
  8. Don’t have dried apricots?: No problem! Substitute with dried cranberries, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, dates, or other dried fruit that you have on hand instead.
  9. Add seeds: Feel free to add pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds, hemp, chia seeds, flaxseeds etc. if you like.
  10. Add chocolate: If you’re like me and adore all things chocolate, you can fold in white, milk, or dark chocolate chips or chunks into the mixture too!
  11. Not a fan of coconut?: Simply leave out the desiccated coconut.

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