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Apricot Almond Crumble Bars


  • Author: Becca | Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Bursting with fresh, sweet, slightly tart apricots and warm, nutty almond flavors these bars are an instant hit! They’re topped with a crumble that makes them irresistibly delicious!


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Ingredients

Crust/Crumble:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond slices (for the topping)

Filling:

  • 56 small apricots (~1 1/4 pounds), diced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in the melted butter and extracts until combined and a pebble-like mixture forms. Press approximately 2/3 of the mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden brown. 
  3. Add almond slices to the remaining mixture, being careful to keep it in “crumble” form. Place in the fridge. 
  4. Make the filling by combining the apricots, sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, and almond extract until apricots are thoroughly coated. Spread in an even layer on top of the par-baked crust. Top with the almond crumble topping and bake for 38-42 minutes until edges are bubbly and top is slightly golden brown.
  5. Let cool completely (see note) before cutting into bars and serving. 

Notes

I like to let the bars set up completely in the fridge so they are easier to cut into bar form. You can serve immediately if you want more of a crisp-like dessert. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: summer, baking, fresh fruit, potluck, bbq

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