Apricot Oat Bars

Total Time:
1 hr 47 min
Prep:
12 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
24 bars
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar apricot jam or preserves (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 8 dried apricots, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1/3 cup)
  • Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13 by 2-inch metal baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.

Filling: In a small bowl, mix together the jam and the apricots. Set aside.

Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated.

Using a fork or clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten. Bake until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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4.8 158
First bar that did not fall apart!!! I brought these to work and they were gone with in a couple of hours. One of the best yet!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making these for a few years and people LOVE them, I love them. A really good recipe...good for breakfast and snacking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I follow the recipe to a T. But they kind of fell apart after baking. Perhaps two eggs? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so good! I don't care for apricots so I used Giada's Mixed Berry Jam recipe and it was so DELICIOUS!!!! I will be making this again and trying different flavors for the filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these, but only added one stick of unsalted butter, no brown sugar, sugar free apricot jam, and 1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup! They are really yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! Would give ten stars. I have made these with walnuts and currently in the oven with pecans! So good with morning coffee. You will make over and over again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these a couple of times, &amp; they are always well received! I am wondering if anyone has used a little less butter? I lined the pan with non stick foil, (ungreased, and allowed them to cool for approx. 3 hours, when I lifted them out of the pan the foil was literally soaked with butter, which makes them somewhat difficult to cut. I plan to try them again when the weather is dry &amp; cool, humidity is definitely a baker&amp;#39;s enemy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good. Too much butter for a healthy snack. Don't use Smuckers jam. Upgrade to premium jam. It taste so much better without added sugar and corn syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious! After reading the other reviews, I used 1/2 sugar apricot jam, and I'm glad I did because they were not too sweet at all. When making them I was concerned that I did not have enough oatmeal mixture to cover the whole top, but it didn't matter. When it baked the top became solid. I cut it into squares and placed each square inside a paper cupcake liner--perfect for single servings without getting all sticky! I will be making these for lots of breakfast potlucks in the future! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a double batch of these, one pan of apricot and one pan of raspberry. Both were absolutely delicious! I did increase the amount of filling on both. I used one 18 oz. jar of apricot preserves, and about 16 oz of raspberry preserves. The raspberry preserves was heavier than the apricot, but still delicious. I took them to work and they disappeared in a hurry. I would absolutely make these again. I preferred the apricot to the raspberry, as the apricot wasn't quite as sweet. I also substituted 1/2 the butter with applesauce, and still it was wonderful. I do recommend baking them 35 minutes or more, or the center pieces may be a little gooey. So yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are really good. I received many compliments on them! I did 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp almond extract instead of 1 tsp vanilla. I loved the taste of the almond extract in the mix. I also knew my guests wanted something chocolatey, so I ended up adding semi-sweet chocolate chips to the top half of the oatmeal mixture. They turned out really good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! These smell like apple pie while they are baking! All that brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter makes for a heavenly combination. These were so yummy. We will most definitely be making them again! One piece of advice...I let these sit for an hour before slicing them, but I probably could have waited an hour and a half, and it would have been better. They were still warm and a few fell apart a bit. Other than that...superb! Thanks, Giada!!! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE this. Made it today with Nutella and Raspberry jam... terrific. I used glass so I also lowered the temp to 325F and baked about 40min. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious! My husband made a sour face when I was making them but has had 2 in the last hour, called them a "tasty morsel" and asked if I would make then for his Mt Denali 3 week climb this summer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are SO yummy. I've made it a few times so far. I always make half batch in 8 x 8 baking dish. Halving this recipe is very easy, except you have to beat an egg before you put it in, so you can put "half" an egg. As others have suggested, it is pretty sweet as is. Looking for ways to "lighten" it up a little, I found Apricot preserve made with 40% less sugar at Trader Joe's (these are great, btw. they come in many different flavors. TJ's also has really good dried Turkish apricots. I really like the version I made with the 40% less sugar Apricot preserve. The other thing I have tried was putting a little bit of lemon zest in the apricot filling. It did help to cut some of the sweetness out, but I think it tasted a little too much like lemon (and I love lemon. You could try it, especially if you think this recipe is too sweet, but maybe not when you are making it for others. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these yesterday and think they're pretty good. I will say they are much more like a dessert than anything else. The oat mixture is like a crumble you would put on top of apples or peaches. It's delicious, but very sweet and full of sugar. I used chopped almonds instead of walnuts because I don't like walnuts and replaced dried apricots with dried cranberries because I had those on hand. I think it added a nice taste and textural change and think I would prefer them this way anyway. Might be beneficial to bake the first layer of oat mixture for 5-10 minutes before adding the jam and top layer. I baked for almost 40 minutes and the bottom was still a bit soft. Good dish- maybe more for an after-school snack for kids though. Too sweet for a breakfast-on-the-go which is what I was hoping for. Still delicious though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are seriously addicting. I made four batches in the last two weeks. Everyone is clamoring for them. The first three batches followed the recipe exactly. The last batch I tried an apricot-raspberry jam. It was good, but not as good as the pure apricot jam. I have been doubling the recipe because it is just that good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars were so yummy! I loved the crunch from the nuts. I will be trying different fruits with this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these today and can't stop eating them. I followed the directions, ingredients and amounts as specified in the recipe and didn't have any problems. I'd made a similar recipe calling for strawberry jam and thought they were terrible. Giada's recipe was much better. I wouldn't make any changes in them at all. Definitely making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I used toasted pecans instead of walnuts. I froze half since it made such a large amount. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I favor these over any cake , they are so yummy . Trader joes has preserves with fresh fruit so you can make many different flavors. You can also void the nuts . I'm going to try to make a vegan version I'll let you know ! Thx again Giada xo item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making these for a few years now and they are amazing! They are probably my all time favorite snack! They disappear within a couple days whenever I make them and friends always ask for more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are delicious! However as someone else commented I think they should be veiwed as a dessert than a regular snack. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy!!!!! I've also made them with cherry jam and almonds and they're just as good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic with and without nuts. Used boysenberry jam and it was a hit it our neighborhood! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!! My husband and I love these!! I used almonds instead of walnuts but followed the recipe other than that!! So tasty!! Would be great with vanilla ice cream!! I will make this on a regular basis! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added lemon juice and zest to the filling as Giada tends to lean toward sweet desserts. It turned out delicious with a very slight tartness! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't know what happened, but I definitely did not have enough crust. I think I'll raise by 1/4 both oats and flour next time. Maybe brown sugar too. I think I had enough liquids to do that. Rather than be sparse on both top and bottom crusts, I opted to have the bottom be thicker and just sprinkle crust on top. It did crumble well. I used the whole 15.2 oz jar of apricot jam and didn't have dried apricots, but i think thats enough filling per my ratio of crust. Also subbed for peacans because I didn't have walnuts. However, they taste fantastic and I cant wait to enjoy one tomorrow with my morning coffee item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were awesome. I used sliced almonds and homemade apricot pineapple jam. My husband wants me to try it with strawberry. Easy to make and everyone lived them item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually make a recipe as written the first time, before I think of tweaking, but due to ingredients on hand, I tweaked. I don't care for walnuts so I omitted them. I used the other dry amounts as listed, took another bakers suggestion and cut the butter back to 1.5 sticks (I will make it with both next time, and I only had homemade plum preservers on hand, so I used almost two 8 oz. jars for the filling. I would up the preserves to 2 whole jars of jam, and as I mentioned, use both sticks of butter. I'm looking forward to making these again, and I do think they work well with nearly any fruit/jam combo, or just jam. Defintely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone in my family loved them and couldn't get enough. This was the first recipe I made out of her cookbook and I can't wait to make more!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my son's baseball potluck and everyone loved the bars so much that the organizer was going around asking who made them! The next time I make them I am using a mango jelly with dried mangoes. A 'big hit' recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
FABULOUS! There are so many ways these can be changed up, by swapping jams and fruits and nuts. I put almonds in the crust and sprinkled chocolate chips over the apricot filling. They don't last three days! item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved these bars! So tasty--cruncy, chewy, and sweet. This one is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THEM!!! Easy to make to boot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have given this recipe a 5 if it was not for the walnuts. They just stuck out too much...would have prefer something else like maybe pecans or no nuts at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these and can't begin to say how yummy they are! Everyone that tried them said they were better than they ever had. Thanks Giada. I watch Foodnet Work everyday. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made for holiday gift baskets, my friends loved them. Great everyday snack. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these tonight, they were awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe and they came out delicious. Great snack! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good recipe. I didn't think it made enough dough but was surprised at how it rose in the oven. I substituted dried cranberries for the dried apricots and used less butter and used Splenda brown sugar instead of regular. I let them cool 2 hours before slicing, refrigerated them overnight and brought them back to room temperature. Excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed recipe and added coconut and sub Nutella for Apricot..... Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such a tasty recipe! When I watched the episode where Giada made these, I knew I had to try them! They were a hit and I will definitely be making this recipe in the future. I wonder if any other jellies/dry fruits would work as well and taste so good... hmmm. Overall, very delicious recipe. I highly recommend making them to see for yourself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness, we can't stop eating these wonderful cookie bars!! I used pecans instead of walnuts and cranberries instead of dried apricots because it is what we had at home and they were delicious!!! Soooo good. Thank you Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious breakfast snack. I used left over cranberry sauce instead of the apricots and preserves. Came out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY! These are great! I am not even a fan of apricots normally. But ever since I made Giada's apricot spiders for my 3 year old, he loves apricots. Really good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, are these ever good. Having an event at my home tomorrow and thought I'd give them a try due to the 5-star rating it had. Since the filling was just strictly the jelly (with diced apricots, instead of just using Smucker's jam found in any grocery store, I went with a gourmet apricot preserves found at a higher end store...very good. Can't wait to see what my guests think. It was a hit with me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really yummy and very easy. I didn't have any problems with them being greasy like some other people mentioned. I used almonds instead of the walnuts, because I'm not a big walnut fan. Next time I think I'll try it with a different kind of fruit. The apricots were good, but they're not my favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and my husband loved these. Very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You have got to try this recipe! Honestly the best thing I have ever baked. The cinnamon sugar, oat mixture pairs perfectly with the sweet apricot filling. The dried apricot pieces are chewy and give the bars great texture. The only thing I may change is the amount of butter. They are very greasy, but thats what makes them so good im sure. They hold their shape pretty well when you cut them into bars, just a few pieces flake off here and there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made 2 batches of these for a family picnic tomorrow. The first batch was this recipe with no changes made. The second batch I used Giada's recipe for Sweet Basil Blackberry jam in place of the apricot jam. They are both simply amazing and I think will be a hit tomorrow : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great, flexible recipe; I use whatever jam or preserves, nuts, and dried fruit I have on hand. I've made it with the two sticks of butter that the recipe dictates but I find that version a little too moist and buttery. Nowadays, I only use a stick of butter and an extra large egg; if it's too dry after those, I add some applesauce or canola oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great as is, per recipe. I decided to try and make a healthier version, they came out good too, I sub white flour for wheat &amp; left out the butter, and relplaced it with 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup honey. I also added 1 extra egg white. They are more chewy than the original, but I wanted to share my tweeked verision as well. For those of you who just want a healthier version of oat bar. Giada's is best tasting by far. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are fantastic! Like the previous reviewer, I used dried cherries, cherry preserves...and pecans instead of walnuts. I even forgot to add the egg (sitting on the counter to return to room temp! and they were still wonderful. I was afraid they would be crumbly without the egg, but they were perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. It's a quick snack or even breakfast alternative for the kids. I even substituted dried cherries and whole cherry preserves as well. Really good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
An Excellent Soft Granola Bar with a sweet surpise center!!! We've added almonds, flax seed, sunflower seeds and wheat germ to the walnuts and everyone loves them no matter what you add or change! Giada- You are the Best!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so amazing and easy to make. They make such a hit, everyone LOVES them and talks about them well after the party's over... days and weeks later (and even at the next party. I like to add extra walnuts and I love the Polander Appricot Preserve as the filling (I don't bother with the dried apricots. I've also made them with Nutella as the filling. WOW! Awesome!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So very good!!! It's so versatile, you could use any fruit/jam combo. I did add extra apricots just so the filling would have a little more substance. They were perfectly chewy and overall delicious! I would give these bars 10 stars! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used peach preserves because it's what I had on hand, and was able to make these without a trip to the store. All I can say, is WOW! They were really good, nice and chewy. Definitely will make them again and again and maybe change the preserve flavor. This recipe would be good for a bake sale or potluck item as well as a hike/picnic snack. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, but I would recommend making a bit more crust than what the recipe states. Maybe it's just me. I also added some whole- grain cheerios along with some bran cereal. They turned out to be a perfect picnic snack! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this when I was visiting some family out of town and EVERYBODY raved about it and Loved them!!! Everybody wants the recipe so I guess I'll be emailing it out to them. Very quick and easy to make - I added Waaaaay more apricots since I like things "chunky". I think this would be good with any dried fruit and jam/jelly mixture. I'm thinking of experimenting next time with different varieties. Maybe craisins with strawberry jam would be good. Great dessert and snack bar - the problem was I couldn't STOP eating them! De-lish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband and I. I opt for Pecans over Walnuts, they seem to bring flavor to the mixture. I loved the Oats and Apricot, but will use a jam or preserve for texture instead of a jelly, it came out too thin for the filling. Love the Apricot!! I'm thinking of adding Craisins to the next batch along with the Apricots!! Delish! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are really delicious, but I didn't have enought for the second layer of topping so I added about a 1/4 cup more oats. I'm bringing these to the office tomorrow! Thanks Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so easy and delicious. My girlfriend and I are going for a hike and these are perfect to bring along. Giada is a wonderful teacher and I love the way she enunciates her words. Thanks again and can't wait to keep trying recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big fan of apricots, so I tried this with cherries and added 2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips. Turned out wonderfully! (They are very rich, which helps to keep it to only one per sitting :). item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was really, really good, my family really enjoy it. Thank you Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
Possibly the most delicious cookies I ever made. This is a new regular at my house. Oh my! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this recipe with a few of my own modifications. I used gluten free flour, organic vegetable shortening instead of butter and, flax meal instead of the egg to make this a vegan gluten free dessert. It was awesome! I love it! A lot of gluten free recipes end up tasting horrible or have a really bad texture but this came out great with the gluten free flour. I just made it again but I used apple sauce instead of the flax meal. I'll see if it comes out better than the first time! Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe and these are SOO delicious. I only wish the recipe was a little healthier(i.e. some other type of binder instead of 2 sticks of butter. I want to eat more than one at a sitting! Giada, can you modify the recipe with something other than butter ; although they may not be quite as DELICIOUS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are tasty and easy to make. i didn't add the dried apricot pieces because i don't like them. i can't wait to try this with another kind of filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Was a yummy and filling snack, everyone Loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS! Will definitely be making these bars again and again. Huge hit at a party yesterday. Followed the recipe exactly. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A resounding "Yummy!" from all my guys. This is one of the very best bar recipes we've tried. I love that it's not overly sweet and has the healthy components of oats and fruit. It's also moist but stays firmly together when cut. I did substitute raspberry preserves as a previous poster suggested though. We'll try the apricot in the next batch. A keeper for certain! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very yummy! I followed the recipie for the crust and thought it could have used a teeny bit more salt and brown sugar and more cinnamon. Since my hubby and I don't like apricots, I used Raspberry jam instead. Overall, loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make. Soo DELICIOUS! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good, but a little too much salt for my taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are AMAZING!! I can't wait to try them with other jams and jellies!! SoOoOoOOoooO Yummmy!!! Great recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made them yesterday in a metal baking pan liberally coated with butter, no parchment paper. They are absolutely delicious! I wouldn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely wonderful! I made &amp; agree with the changes made by the 1.10 posting - thanks. I also made the following changes: used 1 1/2 cups of apricot preserves &amp; no dried apricots, used 3/4 t. cinnamon, kosher salt &amp; did not leave a border on the edge of the pan. The kids loved them for breakfast &amp; after school snacks! Gotta love Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe. They were better when freshly made. Didnt item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are delicious!!! Followed recipe exactly and these came out perfectly. Several of my family members have tried these and all raved about how good they were. Have made them three times now and the last time I did I used an apricot-pineapple perserve which was also delicious. Love Giadas' recipes and this one is no exception. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Based on the other rave reviews, I chose to make this dessert. I thought it was good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Then I brought the leftovers into the office the next day, and my co-workers LOVED the bars. One said that he was tempted to eat the whole pan and requested that I please make it every few months. High praise! I made a two small changes also based on past reviews: 1.5 sticks of butter instead of 2 and a glass pan at 325 degrees (for 35 minutes instead of metal at 350. I also omitted the parchment paper without a problem. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO easy to make and very great flavor! I didn't use the dried apricots and used Yellow cake mix instead of flour and it was amazing! The kids loved them too! This is a definite keeper recipe! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ooooooooooooooo myyyyyyyyyyy gawwwwwwwwdddddddddddd!!! I'm making these tonight for our snow day tomorrow and I didn't have walnuts BUT I had sliced almonds so I used them and sub'd the vanilla extract with pure almond extract = HEAVEN!! They really are so yummy!! I may never try the actual recipe! ;) Thanks Giada! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these a couple of days ago, and again today. Today I used 1 cup of flour and 2 1/2 cups of oats. I think they taste better with less flour. We are going to make these for the family Christmas dinner -- probably as an appitizer. I can't wait to try them with microwave banana jam -- it's to easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh My Gosh. My mouth is turning cartwheels right now!!! I made these just over an hour ago - house smelled SO good while they were cooking - and just cut and tasted my first bar. WOW!!!! The perfect combination of sweet and tart - maybe because I accidentally bought and used peach-apricot preserves instead of just apricot. But now that I've made that "mistake," I will always make that mistake!! Except for that and that I used a glass baking dish (lowered the heat 25 degrees, cooked about 8 minutes longer), I followed the recipe to a T. Can't wait to have 1 for breakfast with my coffee! These would be good anytime, but right now, I'm gonna have another one just because! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, first time I baked anything and they were great, wife simply loved them. Next is the Struffolli, grandmother use to make them. She also made a hony typt of bowtie pastry and a lemon cookie with white iceing and a hard boiled egg in the middle. Things we remember, item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were super good. Husband and kids loved them. Used blackberry jam and dried blueberries. Just like a bite-sized fruit crumble. Lots of butter though. Overall, soooo good. I will try healther options too like adding maybe wheat germ and ground flax (great idea, and extra nuts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make and taste incredible.. I added 1 cup of sweetened coconut to the mix and it was very good also. Watch your show and have made quite a few of your recipes..Great job. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very good. I can't eat wheat so I used rice flour with a bit of xantham gum and they still turned out very well. I also used 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 butter and it tasted great - the consistency of the mix was perfect. I liked it but they weren't the best bars I've ever tried it so I gave it 4 stars. I'll probably still make them again though, they were very easy - it seemed like a lot of jam when I was making it but it was a good amount after it came out of the oven. Try it with a bit of ice cream while it's still warm - that was tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I make it lower calorie by using one cube "Can't Beleive It's not Butter", and one regular cube of butter. I use reduced sugar preserves, and 1/2 the brown sugar substituted with "Splenda." I have made the bars with stawberry filling and dried strawberries. Today I made them with my homemade chunky applesauce, made with Spenda, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and a little honey. I used 5 apples, boiled then in 1/2 cup of water until tender, and used a potato smasher. This was my filling. Yummy! Thanks Giada for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were moist,flavorful and chewy. I didn't have any parchment paper on hand at the time,so I used the same instructions but with aluminum foil instead. I let it cool for an hour on a cooking rack,then laid a paper towel down on a cutting board and carefully flipped it upside down.Then carefully cut them and set them in containers. Thank you Giada,I love your recipes as well as your shows! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have made these a few times now using the original recipe and different variations. All were really good! This recipe is very versatile. Great snack. I definitely use half the sugar. I have used freshly milled whole grain flour, sucanat instead of sugar, different kinds of nuts, jellies and fruit. Have added coconut with the oats. All were great. Can't really mess this one up. thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are fabulous. Insanely easy to make, and all of the ingredients are pantry staples. These taste a lot like granola + the "crisp" or "crumble" part of cobblers. Filled with smooth apricot preserves. YUM. Really a treat. You can taste the oats, and the brown sugar. Good for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. Great picnic dish. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were really delicious and easy. My 2 1/2 year old made them with me. I did cut the butter to 1 1/2 sticks based on another review. You can definitely get away with that amount, but I wouldn't go less. I did not add the dried apricots b/c the preserves I used had big chunks of fruit in it. I also added some ground flax to healthy things up a little. I would make these again and may try raspberry preserves next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a fan of apricot, but theses Apricot Oat Bars are WONDERFUL! They are easy and quick. The whole family loved them and I didn't have to be worried about the kids eating them! I would definitely reccommed this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow- these r so yummy! i followed the recipe to the letter &amp; thought they were perfect. idk about the ppl complaining that they r too rich- they r about equal to a tollhouse cookie, so i guess it depends how u feel about butter &amp; sugar- personally im a big fan... will def try blueberry next, but the apricot is awesome! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 3 year old daughter loves to watch Giada every day, so I thought it would be fun to make these after watching the episode. We had a great time making these together - perfect to make w/a young child who likes to cook. They turned out great! They are delicious, but they are not what I would consider to be a healthy snack. They are more like a dessert, but soooo yummy. I don't care for walnuts, so I substituted pecans and it came out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are GREAT!!! I have made three batches in two days! My family, neighbors and co-workers all loved them! I will be making these again with other fruits! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi Ree - I made this diabetic friendly...I used one stick of unsalted butter and added 1/2 cup of sugar free maple syrup. I did not use brown sugar and I used sugar free apricot jam. They were really yummy and several of my friends enjoyed them! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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