Apricot Cranberry Oat Bars

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Fresh fruit makes me want to bake cobbler! One thing I crave when I clean up my eating habits is not only the sweets I’ve eliminated but the crunch of grains like oats.

Cranberry Apricot Bars

These bars are full of crunchy oats and chewy fruit. They’re meant to be just a few bites of yumminess.

The fruity deliciousness of cobbler in an easy-to-make bar

These easy-to-make fruit and oat bars are a little bit sweet and have the crunch of toasted oats.

This recipe creates delicious crunchy, sweet and chewy bars that can be eaten warm – and pair perfectly with a cup of hot tea.

More than that, if you have some self-control, you CAN eat just one. No need to throw your clean eating habits off the rails! Everything in moderation, right?

Cranberry Apricot Bars stack

You can make these bars using fresh or dried apricots.

If you decide to use dried, you may want to soak them in warm water to soften them up before throwing them in the batter. It is really up to you. The drier the apricots you use, the chewier they will be once baked.

You can also make this recipe GLUTEN-FREE and/or VEGAN! See the Notes section of the recipe card for the details.!

Make the bars! …AND don’t let them derail any progress you’ve made towards clean eating! There is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional treat!

Cranberry Apricot Bars Recipe in a baking dish by foodology geek

Apricot Cranberry Cobbler Bars

These bars are like delicious little bites of cobbler. You could even serve them for dessert with ice cream – as the base or the garnish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert, Easy, Holiday, Snack
Cuisine American, baked goods, Cookies, Gluten Free, Vegan Adaptable
Servings 48 servings
Calories 125 kcal


Fruit and Nut Layer

  • ½ cup apricots, fresh or dried – diced
  • ½ cup cranberries, fresh or dried – diced
  • 2 tbsp sugar (affiliate link)
  • 1 ½ cups dates, chopped
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted

Crust and Streusel Topping

Caramel Layer


  • Preheat oven to 350 ℉

Fruit and Nut Layer – Part 1

  • In a bowl combine the cranberries and the 2 Tbsp of sugar. Set aside.

Crust and Streusel Topping

  • In a second bowl, mix together 2 cups of flour, the 2 cups of oats, ½ cup of white sugar, ½ cup of brown sugar and the ½ tsp of baking soda. Once combined, add the cup of melted butter. 
  • Reserve and set aside 1 cup of the crumb mixture.  Press the remaining crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ baking pan. [PRO TIP: Use a potato masher to press the mixture into the pan. This helps create an even, packed layer.] Bake for 15 minutes.

Fruit and Nut Layer – Part 2

  • Add dates, walnuts and apricots to the cranberries. Mix them together. Then, sprinkle them evenly over the cooked crust.

Caramel Layer

  • Combine the 1 cup caramel sauce and ⅓ cup flour. Spoon it over the fruit and nut layer.
  • Top with the reserved 1 cup of crumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until slightly brown. Cool slightly before cutting into bars while still warm.

Laura’s Tips + Notes

To make these Vegan: substitute vegan butter for traditional butter.
To make these Gluten Free: use gluten-free oats*, and Bob’s Red Mill brand Paleo Flour in place of conventional wheat flour. [*NOTE: Oats are naturally gluten-free, however most commercially processed oats are at risk of being cross-contaminated with gluten during transport and manufacturing. IF you have celiac disease, you should seek out true gluten-free oats. If you simply avoid gluten as a lifestyle preference, regular oats should work well for you.]
If you want to make your own caramel sauce, try ours!


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Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.6mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Seriously, these are the BEST cobbler bars. Simple to make and apricot and cranberry together- oh yum!

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