Apricot Cereal Bars

    55 min

    A cereal bar recipe that's a very healthy option for lunchboxes or an afternoon snack. These cereal bars are full of whole grains, seeds and dried fruit.


    Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
    39 people made this

    Serves: 14 

    • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 2 bananas, about 300g in total, weighed with their skins on
    • 60g butter
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 50g wholemeal flour
    • 100g rolled oats
    • 100g dried apricots, roughly chopped

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 28×18cm (11×7 in) cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
    2. Roughly chop the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Peel and roughly mash the bananas.
    3. Melt the butter and olive oil in a saucepan and stir in the honey. Add the chopped seeds and mashed bananas, together with the wholemeal flour, oats and apricots. Mix together well, then spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
    4. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then mark into 14 bars and leave to cool completely.

    Storage tip

    The bars can be kept in an airtight tin for up to 2 days, and can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap them individually in freezer wrap or foil and thaw at room temperature.


    Instead of using olive oil, you can increase the butter to 100g instead. You can also use 2 1/2 tablespoons of a neutral oil, such as rapeseed or sunflower.

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    Really delicious. Added tsp of cinnamon and replaced butter and olive oil with coconut oil ( buy on-line its cheaper ) to make them even healthier.  -  07 Feb 2013


    Tasty and easily adapatable. I don't bother with the oil or bananas, just add whatever fresh or dried fruit I like. Apple and cinnamon is good as is dried mixed berries. Sometimes I need a tad more oats to get it stodgy enough depending on the ingredients.  -  17 Apr 2013


    Used chopped dates and sultanas to replace the apricots, and a pinch of mixed spice and ginger. Love them!  -  21 Sep 2015