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
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 140g butter



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

  • 250g rolled oats
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 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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8th Sep, 2012
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!
6th Sep, 2012
Forgot to rate the recipe!!
6th Sep, 2012
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.
19th Apr, 2012
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.
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19th Apr, 2012
Make these. They're great.
4th Feb, 2012
Loved this recipe, put extra fruit in instead of the nuts , v.yummy :-)
19th Jan, 2012
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.
11th Jan, 2012
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.
10th May, 2011
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...
19th Apr, 2011
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!)


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