Dark Chocolate Apricot Granola Bars.

This is my favorite basic granola bar recipe. Fill them with your favorite add-ins. I love using dark chocolate covered raisins and apricots.

Dark Chocolate Granola Bars with apricots.  Easy, quick, and my go-to granola bar for any add-ins!

Contrary to what some readers may think, I don’t sit around stuffing my face with an entire pan of brownies that I bake. Although, that’d be nice – right?

I have hungry friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers.  I bake for bake sales, parties, get-togethers and birthdays.  After I’ve tasted and enjoyed my share of a sweet treat, I like to share the rest of my baking with others. Lucky ducks.

However, there is one exception.  When I bake up something healthy, a treat I can feel good about, I greedily save it all for myself.  My Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies didn’t make it to the hands of my friends.  We enjoyed them all ourselves!  Guilt-free and easy. Love everything about them.

When I tried my first Dark Chocolate Raisinet a few weeks ago, I immediately wanted to incorporate them into a recipe.  Something to fuel my work-outs or break my hunger in the afternoon at work.

Raisinets are secretly my favorite pick at the movie theater and have been a treat my mom & I have LOVED together for years. Hi mom!

I love the combination of dark chocolate and fruit. Dark chocolate does have its known health benefits, after all. ;)

For these granola bars, I paired chopped apricots with the Dark Chocolate Raisinets. The apricots lend a delicate tartness to each bite and the chocolate… keeps me happy.  The two balance each other out, no?

To make these bars stick together, I used  coconut oil as my binder.  If you can’t find coconut oil, use cold butter.  Do not use another oil. The coconut oil is solid at room temperature, and you need a smidge of solid fat to hold the bars together.   Not too much, because we’re trying to keep things healthy here. :)

I mixed the coconut oil with a bit of brown sugar to form a crumb-like consistency. I stuck this mixture in the refrigerator as I prepped my other ingredients.  Again, you could always use cold butter instead of solid coconut oil.

Along with the brown sugar and coconut oil, I added whole wheat flour, oats, cinnamon, unsweetened applesauce, chopped apricots, and my favorite Dark Chocolate Raisinets. A very simple, clean ingredient list. I also added two egg whites as another binder.  I wanted to make sure these bars traveled well and didn’t fall apart when I picked them up.

While they are certainly sturdy, they aren’t “heavy tasting” at all, which is exactly what I want when I’m looking for a healthy, portable snack.

The bars are sweet, but not overly-so.  Feel free to reduce or add in more brown sugar if you please.  The bars are also spiced with *just* the right amount of cinnamon. I love the texture complexity in each bite – melty chocolate, chewy raisins & apricots, and thick-cut oats.  The bars bake up to be pretty soft, not crunchy and teeth-breaking like some granola bars can be.

The possibilities and variations of these bars are endless.  Instead of apricots, try another dried fruit like craisins or dried apples.  Or add peanut butter chips, nuts, seeds, or even more chocolate.  Or toss in some lemon zest or grated orange zest!

Even an unglamorous granola bar can be droolworthy if you add in your favorite extras.  This is one recipe I’m excited to play around with for different spin-offs.

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Dark Chocolate Apricot Granola Bars

This is my favorite basic granola bar recipe. Fill them with your favorite add-ins. I love using dark chocolate covered raisins and apricots.

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons solid coconut oil (or cold butter, cut into cubes)
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Raisinets (or Milk Chocolate Raisinets, or dark chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 8x8 (or 9x9) bakig pan with cookie spray. Set aside.

Combine brown sugar and coconut oil in a medium bowl until crumbly and well mixed. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the dry ingredients.

In another medium bowl, mix together, flour, oats, raisinets, apricots, and cinnamon. Remove the sugar/oil mixture form the refrigerator and mix in with the dry ingredients. Add egg whites, applesauce, and vanilla. Lightly stir to combine. Do NOT overmix.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes until sides are barely browning. Cool completely before cutting into squares. I waited 1 hour to cut into 16 squares. Bars stay fresh at room temperature for up to 1 week. Bars freeze well, up to 2 months.

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Here are a few of my favorite healthy recipes including cookies (!!), granola, and snacks.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

 

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana No Bake Cookies

 

No-Bake Chewy Fudge Granola Bars

No Bake Chewy Fudge Granola Bars

 

Apple Spice Quinoa Granola

Apple Spice Quinoa Granola

 

Mocha Java Latte Granola

Mocha Java Latte Granola

 

 

 

   

46 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Apricot Granola Bars.”

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted August 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I love using coconut oil in baking. I always have some on hand! These look really good

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Ashley – I love using coconut oil too! It makes some items so much richer and depending on the recipe, so much creamier! I’m glad you like it too.

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    Katie @ Oh Shine Onposted August 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    gaaaa. oh my.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Lol! I knew you’d like a granola-type recipe Katie. I have another one coming up too! :)

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    Saraposted August 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I love using coconut oil…just made a batch of chocolate coconut oil bark yesterday. So easy and good for you, a healthy sweet treat ya know?

    The kids and I made your funfetti granola bites today. Delicious, cute, and colorful…all things Sally :). Even our 15 month old baby boy loved little nibbles of them. Hmm, oh we also made your cherry protein smoothie the other day. I need to blog pics and links soon :) Busy getting four kids ready for a new school year, and a baby on my hip :)

    These granola bars look yummy. I’ll be making them. I’m making another batch of your skinny pb brownies tomorrow. I’m running a 10k this Sunday, and need some sweet-healthy fuel this week.

    Have a great week!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Sara! First of all. You are a POWER mom! A runner, blogger, baker, and a mom all in one. I don’t know how you do it! I can barely handle a job, blogging, and running! Baking is on the side! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed so many of my recipes. Reading your comment put a huge smile on my face. I hope to be superwoman someday too! GOOD LUCK in the 10K this weekend, that is amazing. Those skinny pb brownies are practically my favorite thing EVER. Making them again this weekend… with a twist. :)

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    Saraposted August 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    LOL, I don’t know why a link to my blog is showing up after each my comments lately?? My “just posted” thingy….??

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:14 am

      I added a “comment luv” application to my site and it will link back to your own blog! You can uncheck it so no links will appear next time if you’d like :)

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    Back For Secondsposted August 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    These look great, Sally! I much prefer chewy granola bars to the crunch ones. You are becoming the queen of all things granola! ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Stephanie! And yes, chewy beats crunchy everyday!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted August 28, 2012 at 12:24 am

    These look awesome, Sally! And I haven’t even emailed you about what I made & shot today. Yep. Granola bars with choc chips and I swear to god we could swap pictures. Just got done editing them! Thankfully our recipes are different….almost :) They look amazing & I LOVE apricots – especially when paired with dark choc and I could go to TOWN on granola & granola bars. Great work on these – coconut oil, brown sugar, Raisinettes…wow :)

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Averie, thanks for the compliments! I am sometimes wary of posting something that doesn’t have gooey chocolate and lbs of pound, but I try to focus my blog on the things I truly love to bake and eat… and granola/granola bars are one of them! I love apricots too! Coconut oil is such a great “binder” for my granola – much better than canola oil, I find.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:27 am

      PS: no BP in this recipe lol!

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    Anna @ hiddenponiesposted August 28, 2012 at 1:19 am

    These look like something I would totally hoard all to myself – yum!

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    megan @ whatmegansmakingposted August 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

    You had me at dark chocolate! Not so sure about the apricots ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 9:28 am

      oh no! do you not like apricots? i secretly love them! :)

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    Elaineposted August 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    You are brilliant! I would have never thought to add Raisinets to granola bars, but that sounds so good. And the dark chocolate variety is definitely my favorite. I am going on a little road trip for Labor Day this weekend and I am looking for an easy, mess-free snack to bring with me. These granola bars definitely fit the bill! Perfect timing :)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted August 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Gosh, those look awesome, Sally! I have never tried making my own granola OR granola bars, but now I definitely need to! And I saw dark choc raisinets at the store a few days ago and totally thought of you and wondered “Sally is probably going to make something awesome with these soon!” And you did! Mmmm.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Hayley! I love making granola and granols bars – so much room to let the creative juices flow!

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    Laura Dembowskiposted August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I used to pretty much live on granola bars, but haven’t had one in forever. Those look way better than the store bought ones. Waaaay better! When you run a baking blog, sharing the treats is necessary . . . most of the time. I utilize my freezer for what I can’t bear to part with.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I should definitely begin to freeze more of my treats but I enjoy sharing the love with friends. :) Thanks Laura!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I am so happy to see that you used raisinetes…I secretly love them very very much!!! I have a few bags of those dark chocolate ones in my cupboard waiting to be put to good use…that is if I can stop eating them by the handfuls:-) I just started using coconut oil for a lot of different things earlier this year and I really like how it turns out. And a chewy granola bar trumps all those nasty crunchy ones every single time!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! I swear by coconut oil. The dark chocolate raisinets are very addicting, I agree :)

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted August 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I just made my first granola bars a few weeks ago, and pretty much decided they were like my favorite healthy snack ever (let’s not talk about the fact that I ate the ENTIRE pan myself, mmkay?). And these?? With the chocolate covered raisinettes? Eeek! Sheer genius! Also, can you believe I’ve never used coconut oil? I’ve got to remedy that immediately.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 28th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Coconut oil lends such a creamy texture depending on the type of recipe you are baking. I love it in no-bake cookies or bars! You can hardly taste the coconut too. It’s like a miracle oil. :) Thanks Ashley!

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    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}posted August 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Sally, these look positively delicious. I love granola bars but I have yet to make some. The touch of apricots and dark chocolate is a fantastic combo.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 29th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much. I love dark chocolate and apricots together!

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    Reeniposted August 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love that you used apricots! I have a bag in my cupboard that’s been sitting there for months – never know what to do with them. Pairing them with raisinets sounds super yummy! And I love a soft bar over a hard one.

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    haha, i know what you mean! i give most of my sweets away to friends and coworkers as well :) i mean, gotta maintain the body, right?! these look like a great healthy alternative to snacking on bad stuff! lovely :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted August 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I totally need to get on the granola bandwagon. It’s so good and you have so many great recipes for me to choose from. :)

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    luv what you doposted August 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I am going camping this weekend and hoping to find time to make granola bars. I actually have a few leftover dark chocoalte covered raisins from my dark chocolate raisin banana bread that I made this weekend! I think they were made for a granola bar!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 29th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      You should definitely try them in a granola bar next! Dark chocolate raisinet banana bread… that sounds incredible!

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    Sarah Carlettiposted August 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Sally, I nominated you blog for two awards. Come on over and pick them up! Sarah

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    • Sallyreplied on August 29th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      SO HONORED! Thanks Sarah.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodlesposted August 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Yummy! I am constantly clicking over to your site, I think I need to just subscribe already :D

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    • Sallyreplied on August 30th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Heidi! glad you find some things you like! And thanks for saying hi. :)

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    Katie @ OhShineOnposted August 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I totally made a version of these yesterday morning, had two, then went off to class. Apparently dogs really like these bars, too, because all were gone by the time I got home and my roommate certainly didn’t eat them all…

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    • Sallyreplied on August 30th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      haha! Katie, I love it. I bet your version was awesome… you’re a granola gal just like me! That is one lucky doggie…

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    Tracyposted December 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m in a granola frame of mind! I’m out of whole wheat and don’t feel like running to the store can I use regular AP flour instead?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 29th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Tracy! You most certainly may use all-purpose flour in this recipes instead. I love these granola bars! You reminded me to make them again soon. :) Enjoy!

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    Annaposted October 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    My coconut oil is the liquid form,. should i refrigerate it and weigh or measure it?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 17th, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Yes, refrigerate the oil so it becomes solid and measure 2 Tbsp of it to use.

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