Apricot Chocolate Bars

Apricot Chocolate Bars

Sugar In The Raw | Prep Time: 1 hr 10 mins | Cook Time: 50 mins | Makes 32 bars


1 cup dried apricots
1 cup water
1 cup plus ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, divided
1 cup flour
1 ¾ cup quick cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, combine apricots and water; cover and soak 20 minutes. Bring to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.  When apricots are completely cool, puree in blender or food processor. Stir ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw® into apricot puree.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, remaining 1 cup Sugar In The Raw®, baking soda and salt. Add ½ cup of the apricot puree and vegetable oil. Stir with a fork until evenly moist and crumbly.

Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

Spread remaining apricot puree over crust; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over chocolate. Bake 15 minutes until edges are golden. Cool before cutting into 2x1-½ inch bars.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (2 bars): 212 calories, 4 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 77 mg sodium

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