Apricot Oatmeal Breakfast Bars | Gina Chong
I posted on my Insta a picture of some smoked salmon that hubby received as a gift for showing some retired pilots around the base. It was really cool because they had literally caught, smoked and canned it all themselves in British Colombia. Sadly I didn't eat any because I don't actually like smoked salmon....but hubby gobbled it right up. Well they also gifted him a few other things, a shiz-load of dried fruit among those. So I took some of it and created these bars. I love the texture that the dried fruit lends them, it's in my opinion perfect for bars. The reason I called them breakfast bars is because they aren't as sweet as I consider a real dessert should be. But perfect for breakfast ^.^

Apricot Bars
Makes one 8x8 pan

  • 3/4 lb dried apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened


Pour apricots, water and granulated sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil. After it reaches a boil let it simmer for 20-30 minutes until the apricots are softened and the liquid is mostly gone. Pour it into a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth and uniform.
Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and oats in a large bowl. Cut in the softened butter with a pastry blender, two knives, or just use your hands. Grease an 8x8 pan and press two cups of the oat mixture into the bottom firmly. Spread the apricot filling over that, and then sprinkle the remaining oat batter on top, gently pressing it into the apricot layer.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.

Apricot filling from HERE. Bar recipe adapted from HERE

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  1. This sounds really good! I have made something really similar with sliced peaches and it turned out great - I liked that it wasn't too sweet. And that smoked salmon sounds amazing - I'm kind of obsessed with salmon so it makes me hungry just to think about!

    That is so cool that you used to live in Oklahoma! For your husband's work or just because?

    1. Oh my hubby's obsessed with salmon too.
      And yeah hubby had a training there so I was there for 4-5 months and was surprised how much I loved it!

  2. These look delicious and a nice alternative for breakfast! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Have you thought of becoming a pastry chef (or are you one?) These look so good. I'm going to have a day where I just follow your recipes and actually venture outside obsessively baking myself wedding cakes (I never had a wedding cake at my gunshot wedding haha).

    Sylvia | The Outfit Lab

    1. Lol! You're too nice. I would love to go to culinary school but it's dang expensive and not practical at my stage of life. And oh my goodness everyone deserves a wedding cake! I want to see your cakes sometime, I hope you post!

  4. They look soo yummy and they look easy enough to try :) thanks for sharing!

  5. These do look so yummy! And easy to make, thanks for sharing your recipe :)


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