Apricot Pecan Bars

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Ready In:

35 to 45 mins


190 per 1 serving

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About this Recipe

By: The American Institute of Cancer Research

Give your kids a breakfast boost with these homemade apricot bars. Unlike many packaged granola bars, our recipe contains whole grain oats, loaded with soluble fiber, selenium and B vitamins. Eating whole-grain snacks is a great way to get more fiber into your family’s diet for long-lasting energy and lower cancer risk. Real dried apricots pack vitamin A and potassium while pecans add a hearty crunch and, with silken tofu, gives extra protein power.

apricot pecan bars


  • 3 cups quick cooking oats 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 cups unsweetened grain cereal (cheerios or shredded wheat)
  • 2 cups dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 12 oz. silken tofu, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Canola oil cooking spray

Makes 24 servings. Per serving: 190 calories, 8 g total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 30 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 55 mg sodium, 15 g sugar, 8 g added sugar.


Step 1

Spread oats and pecans on large (15×10 inch) baking dish. Bake until lightly brown and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Transfer to large mixing bowl and add cereal, apricots and flour; stir to combine.

Step 3

Puree tofu, egg, applesauce, oil, honey, vanilla and lemon zest in a blender until smooth.

Step 4

Make a well in the center of the oat mixture and fold in the tofu mixture until combined.

Step 5

Coat 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the mixture uniformly in the dish.

Step 6

Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the dish before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

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