Granola Bars With Apricots, Oats and Almonds

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley
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  • Serves 12
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Heat oven to 350º F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, buttering in between and leaving an overhang on all sides; butter the parchment.

Spread the oats, almonds, and pepitas on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast, tossing once, until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Process the apricots in a food processor until finely chopped, 2 to 3 minutes. Combine the toasted oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, chopped apricots, and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine the almond butter and maple syrup in a small pot. Cook over medium heat until bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over the toasted oat mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared pan and smooth the surface with an offset spatula or knife. Chill until set, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.

Ingredients

  1. Check unsalted butter, for the pan
  2. Check ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  3. Check ½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  4. Check 1 cup raw pepitas
  5. Check 1 cup dried apricots
  6. Check ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  7. Check ¼ cup almond butter
  8. Check ¼ cup pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350º F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, buttering in between and leaving an overhang on all sides; butter the parchment.
  2. Spread the oats, almonds, and pepitas on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast, tossing once, until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Process the apricots in a food processor until finely chopped, 2 to 3 minutes. Combine the toasted oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, chopped apricots, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine the almond butter and maple syrup in a small pot. Cook over medium heat until bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over the toasted oat mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared pan and smooth the surface with an offset spatula or knife. Chill until set, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  4. Cut into 12, 4 by 2-inch pieces