Apricot Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Adapted from The Kid’s Cookbook by Williams-Sonoma

I was looking for something new for after school snacks, so I adapted this recipe by swapping coconut oil for butter and cutting the sugar and flour in half. These high fiber bars are sort of like granola bars. They were not nearly as coconutty as I expected, despite the fact that they contain three different forms of coconut. They are lightly sweet and also pretty crumbly, so I won’t be serving them in the back seat of my car.

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup dried apricots, packed (about 6 oz.)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish by lining the bottom with parchment paper, allowing the sides to hang over by 2 inches on either side.
  • Place the coconut oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat it for about a minute and a half at 50% power. It should melt from solid to liquid. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, use a kitchen shears to snip the apricots into 1/4″ pieces. Add the apricots and the vanilla to the melted coconut oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, coconut flour, flaked coconut, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir until well blended. Add the apricot mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. The dough should be moist and crumbly.
  • Press dough into the prepared baking pan with your fingers.
  • Bake until the top is lightly brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Watch carefully to be sure the bits of apricot don’t burn. Allow to cool on a rack.
  • Lift the square out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang and set on a cutting board. Cut into rectangular bars. Store in an airtight container.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): Makes 10 bars

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