Apricot-Date Bars


A makeover of the old date bars, these bars have a delightful sweet-tart filling, are thin and crispy. Really nice with a cup of tea or coffee. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
49 bars


  • 1 ¾ cups quick-cooking oats

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar, divided

  • ¾ tablespoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ¼ cups pitted and chopped dates

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped dried apricots

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix oats, flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly.

  3. Press a little over half of the crumbly mixture into the bottom of a 10x15-inch baking pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Combine remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, dates, apricots, and orange juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, breaking up any clumps, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Cool filling slightly, about 5 minutes.

  6. Drop spoonfuls of warm filling over the crust. Spread evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture evenly over the filling; press gently into the filling.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until top is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Cut into 1-1/4x2-inch bars with a pastry cutter while still hot. Cool bars in the pan, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If the filling becomes too thick in step 5, thin with enough additional orange juice to make it easily spreadable.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
3g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 49
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 98mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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