Delicious and Healthy Apricot Bars

apricot barsThe start of fall has me getting back on the school schedule. One of my duties is to find healthy snacks to pack in the lunch box or to offer for a quick breakfast when we are running just a little bit late in the morning.

I read the other day about the healing benefits of Apricots and wanted to share that information along with any easy recipe with you.

Apricots contain vitamin A, a nutrient that promotes healthy skin and good vision. They are a good source of fiber and contain the cancer fighting nutrient Lycopene.

20 dried apricots serve up 7.5mg of Iron, that’s 42% of the recommended daily allowance.

When selecting dried apricots consider choosing organic; conventional apricots are usually preserved with sulfites which may cause adverse reactions in some individuals.


Apricot Almond bars:
1/3 cup of dry roasted almonds

2/3 cup of whole oats

¾ cup of raisins

1 cup of dried apricots cut into small pieces

4 tbsp of orange juice

2 tbsp sunflower seeds

2 tbsp of flax seeds


  1. Roast oats in a toaster oven on 350 F for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly toasted
  2. Put the raisins apricots, and orange juice into a food processor and puree until the mixture is smooth.  Pour the puree into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Put the nuts, oats and seeds into the processors and mix until finely chopped. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the fruit puree.
  4. Stir the ingredients until they are well mixed.    Line a 7 in x 10 in baking pan with wax paper.


Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.  Chill for 3 hours until solid.  Turn the solid mixture out of pan and peel off the wax paper. Cut into bars

Published by Kate Pietrowski, RN, L.Ac.

Kate Pietrowski, RN, L.Ac. is a fitness instructor, weight loss consultant, acupuncturist, nurse, and a health/wellness advocate. As a nurse she worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Friends Hospital, and Bayada. Her nursing experience includes working in mental health/addictions, cardiology, rheumatology, women’s health, and general medicine. As a fitness instructor, Kate has taught a wide spectrum of group fitness classes, trained clients one on one, and worked at a wellness center at the FBI. Kate’s been studying health, nutrition, herbal medicine, and holistic studies for over 20 years.

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