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apricot pecan breakfast bars

sometimes i think cooking is a bore and it feels more like a big fat chore than anything.  but there are recipes, like this one, that are mysteriously fun.  i don't know what the secret is, why sometimes it's a joy and sometimes it's a pain in the arse.  one of life's mysteries i guess.  but this recipe is a good ol time in the kitchen- maybe because it's just so simple and quick. and are the perfect thing to grab for breakfast when you're in a rush or snack on in between meals. sweet & healthy goodness, these bars. 

recipe and a bit more after the jump

the other thing these bars are good for, besides winning friends and influencing people, is TRAVEL!  they'd be so great to take on a road trip or flight because they're surprisingly hearty and filling.  plus they're healthy and have very little salt.  so basically: the best travel food ever.  i hope you make them!  xx -sarah


3 cups gluten free rolled oats

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup chopped pecans

1 1/2 cups chopped dried apricots

5 large ripe bananas

1/4 cup coconut oil (and a little extra for greasing the pan)

1/4 & 1/8 cup grade A maple syrup

1 teaspoon sea salt


- preheat over to 350 degrees

- grease a 9X13 pan with coconut oil

- in a large mixing bowl combine oats, nuts, apricots, and sea salt

- in a medium mixing bowl mash bananas (i used a rice spatula to make easy work of it)

- add coconut oil and maple syrup to mashed bananas and combine

- pour banana mixture into bowl with oats and stir until fully mixed

- fill pan with oat mixture and use a spatula (or the backside of a large spoon) to press mixture firmly into pan

- bake for 35 minutes (more or less depending on your oven) until bars are lightly browned on the top

- let cool and then slice into bars (these suckers are extra good warm, so eat one straight away!)

- enjoy!

Reader Comments (17)

i will fer sure being trying these.

03/05/13 | 9:56 AM | Unregistered Commenternicole

This looks amazing! I want to eat it right now! And make it! And live in your blog. All at once! Can't believe I only just stumbled across it! What a stroke of luck! Now to read all your past posts! Lucky me! X

03/05/13 | 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterJojo

yay nicole, you'll love them!

@jojo, thanks so much, and welcome!! :)

03/05/13 | 12:31 PM | Registered Commentersarah yates

I love coconut flakes, bananas, and dried apricots -- can't wait to give a recipe with them all a whirl!

03/05/13 | 3:3 PM | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Such a delicious combo of some of my most favorite ingredients! I often have mighty ambitions to make breakfast bars but tend to resort to my regular smoothie/oatmeal breakfasts... perhaps this will be just the inspirational recipe I needed!

03/05/13 | 3:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterKait

oooooooh! such a good idea. I love quick bfast ideas. will be trying soon.

03/05/13 | 5:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

this looks delish! Can't wait to make it.. and i can see this being a hit with my kids!

03/05/13 | 6:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterelena

Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try them! I made the peanut butter balls a couple of weeks ago and can't stop thinking about them now that they're gone! Must whip up more...

03/05/13 | 6:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterCarrie S.

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