Fruit, oat & seed bars

Fruit, oat & seed bars

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes 16
A tasty twist on flapjacks with a luscious layer of apricots inside

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per bar

  • kcal244
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 140g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250g rolled oats
  • 85g raisin or sultanas
  • 85g walnut pieces (or use your favourite nuts, roughly chopped)



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 50g sesame or mixed seeds
  • 25g dried cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 50g ready-to-eat apricot, finely chopped



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Gently heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a pan until the sugar and butter have both melted. Stir the oats, raisins, walnuts, seeds and cranberries into the pan until coated in the butter.

  2. Spoon half the oaty mix into a traybake tin (23 x 23cm or thereabouts). Scatter the apricots over the top, then top with the remaining oat mix. Pack the mix down well and smooth with the back of a metal spoon. Bake for 35 mins or until dark golden. Leave to cool completely before cutting into 16 bars with a sharp knife.

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Comments (31)

Polishedcat's picture

I'm not into flapjacks generally, too sweet and fatty, but those are divine! Like others, i used lesss sugar and butter and when ready, smothered the top with some black chocolate. Followed instructions for rolling, pressing and scoring- perfect! Some crumbling occurred but it quickly disappeared. Everybody loved the so made again adjusting fruits, nutss and seeds as available- apricots, dates even prunes - all good.

michelle_30's picture

Made these last night for mid morning snack this week. I used double the sultanas and tesco trail mix for the seeds and other dried fruits. Result was sweet indulgent treat which when i worked out the calories it was a shock! However they do taste delicious and very moreish!!!! Well worth making. My only thing as they did crumble a bit, i think a bit longer in the oven will sort that out next time. I cant rate for some reason but given this a 4 star

Mary G's picture

These really are lovely. Used flaked almonds instead of walnuts and used my trusty spud masher to firm the mix before baking.They held together well. Went down a storm with hungry grandsons after cycle racing.

SaCu's picture

Delicious bars, have made them several times. I use 70g sugar and 2tbsp golden syrup to make them slightly healthier. I'm also allergic to nuts to swapped the nuts for other dried fruits and seeds. The tip from another member to roll a tin across the top (over cling film or baking paper) to press the mixture together worked well. I also use baking paper in a swiss roll tin so they lift out really easily (once cooled). I did overcook them once and they were hard and very crumbly but the other times they have worked perfectly.

Lucaby's picture

Wow these are really lovely. I followed the tip of rolling them while In the tin with a can of tomatoes and they have held the shape perfectly. They look much better than in the photos here. It's such a shame we can't post our photos! They are very indulgent and although there are nuts and seeds in, they are most definitely a treat rather than a health food!

saffron9's picture

These are lovely and chewy but not jaw breaking! I will definitely be making them again. The tip from Black eyed worked well and they did not crumble or fall apart.

Black eyed's picture

These really are good. I made a batch for a friend for her birthday but I really don't want to give them to her now, they're that good! To help bind the mix together to prevent them from falling apart when out of the oven, use a can or something similar to help press the mixture down (place baking paper on top first). Also, score the mixture with a sharp knife once out of the oven as this really helps with getting them out in whole pieces once cool. Enjoy!

stonefruit's picture

Totally divine.

helenl04's picture

Far too sweet for me.
And fell apart completely, maybe should have cooked them a while longer. Who knows?
Not one to bother with again though.

als026's picture

Excellent! Didn't have seeds so put in extra dried fruit and only used 100g sugar.
To stop crumbling,press down well before baking by putting a piece of baking parchment on the top and pressing with your hand. Repeat when cooked,taking care!(could roll with a can or similar.) I covered the mixture with melted chocolate when cold,then cut into bars when it had set. Delicious!

kpitchers's picture

Forgot to rate the recipe!!

kpitchers's picture

These bars are very tasty and go down a treat and my partner prefers these to any other bars I have made - he prefers the taste, but they do seem to fall apart very easily - I have tried various things even changed the baking tray I use to stop them from falling apart - but nothing seems to work - ANY suggestions would be great.

wigchef's picture

Very tasty. Cut down on the amount of sugar and butter though as thought it would be ok with a bit less. Baking parchment stuck to them a little. I would chop them up while they are still warm rather than when they are completely cold. Seemed to taste better the next day to me. Good feedback from family and friends.

emrais's picture

Make these. They're great.

nikkiwitts's picture

Loved this recipe, put extra fruit in instead of the nuts , v.yummy :-)

lou746's picture

I don't really like flapjacks as I've always found the shop bought ones very claggy....however....I made these for a friend as she can only swallow quite rough textured food due to a medical condition, and they are delicious! I accidentally set my fan oven at 160 Degrees but they came out perfectly - slightly crispy on top and chewy underneath. I cut them into squares as soon as I took them out the oven(leaving them in the tin to cool though). This made them easy to break into portions when cool. I added hazelnuts and sesame,poppy and linseed to the mix along with currants and dried apricots. YUM! Will be making these again as my husband loves this type of treat.

lindabyrne's picture

These were a triumph. Naturally I tweaked the recipe somewhat. I thought the sugar and syrup measurements would make them very sweet so I just used 100g of sugar and 1 tablespoon of honey (instead of golden syrup). They were staggeringly good and I adored the chopped apricots in them. I'm going to make them again and next time add just 70g of sugar and the 1 tablespoon of honey to see if I can reduce the sugar content even more.

yorkshirejen's picture

Smashing! As it was just past Easter and I had a few bits of chocolate left over I cut up chunks and put them in the middle layer too, which was fab... 'Cause clearly what this recipe needed was a little bit more sin...

healthyfoodie's picture

I used dried figs and lots of seeds instead of nuts, and 50g more oats. I am loving this recipe. I will try to take out some of the butter next time as they are very buttery (which is nice, but I'm trying to be more healthy!)


Questions (2)

kocheather's picture

Can I freeze these after making them?

michelle_30's picture

I dont think you could but they would keep for up to 10 days in an air tight container

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