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Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars

I must admit I do not make slices very often. For some reason the recipes I have tried have not been overly successful. And I had not really understood why as they are just as easy to make as biscuits or cakes. So I had made myself a personal challenge to create my own a delicious slice recipe that is not a crumbly mess. And I am really happy with these Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars.

These nut and egg free apricot and coconut oat bars are a delicious treat for school lunches.

The first time I made these Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars I thought it was a disaster. As soon as I started to cut them they were cracking all over the place. I was not happy. I honestly wanted to chuck the whole sorry mess in the bin. But I didn’t because:

  1. The Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars tasted REAALLLLY good
  2. I wanted to practice shooting them with my DSLR

These nut and egg free apricot and coconut oat bars are a delicious treat for school lunches.

And you know what. I am sooo glad I didn’t. I decided I would come back to cut the Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars later that morning and practice my photography. And when I did, they cut beautifully. That has been my problem! I have been trying to cut them while they are warm. So a big note to you all – please wait until they are completely cool before you cut these Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars. Leave them in the baking tray and be patient (something I obviously have struggled with!)

They taste quite sweet so I definitely wouldn’t be putting these in the lunchbox everyday but they are a great baked option for lunches. I really love the addition of seeds in them and while I have not tried without them I think they would be fine to leave out.

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These nut and egg free apricot and coconut oat bars are a delicious treat for school lunches.

Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars

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  • Author: Bernadette
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 14 Bars 1x
  • Category: Baking


These delicious Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars are a sweet treat that are nut and egg free.


  • 1 and 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup wholemeal self raising flour
  • 3/4 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chopped finely or 1/3 cup small white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 125g butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a 17.5×22.5cm slice pan with baking paper
  2. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together
  3. Meanwhile melt the butter and honey together over medium low heat
  4. Add the vanilla to the butter and honey then pour into the wet ingredients and mix through
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly across a slice tin and with the back of a spoon press the slice down firmly and evenly
  6. Bake the slice for around 15 minutes or until the top is golden and bounces back when pressed lightly
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.


It is important to allow the slice to cool completely before removing from the tin and cutting into bars.

If you are looking for other nut and egg free recipes to add delight to your school lunches why not try these Apple Cinnamon Muffins or these delicious Sour Cream and Chives Crackers. If you do bake these delicious Apricot and Coconut Oat Bars feel free to post them to Instagram and tag me @goodiegoodielunchbox or upload to my Facebook community so that I can see your delicious baking!

Happy baking,

Bernadette x


  1. Do you recommend freezing or just airtight container to store? School starts tomorrow and I’m determined to be prepared 🙂

    • Hi Leesa, I tend to freeze baking straight away but you could store in an airtight container too. I haven’t done shelf testing so I am not sure how long it would last for though. Bernadette x

  2. I made these yesterday. They are so delicious. I used 3/4C oats and 1/2C rice bubbles, substituted white chocolate for sultanas and reduced the honey a little. The whole family including a fussy 4 year old love them. Adding this to my lunchbox snack repertoire.

    • Bernadette

      That sounds like great swaps to make much more lunchbox friendly! Thanks for sharing and baking, Bernadette x

  3. Thank you

  4. Sorry, is it ¼cup oats or 1 ¼oats?

    • Bernadette

      hello – it’s 1 and 1/4 cup of oats. I see I have an ‘I’ rather than a 1 so can see why this is confusing. I will update – thank you. Happy baking! x

  5. Hi, going to try these, look delicious!
    Can you clarify: Is it just ¾cup oats? Or 1¾cup oats?
    Thank you

  6. I have two boys that would love these in their lunchbox. They sound delicious 🙂

  7. These look so lovely – I woke up with a determination this morning to clean up our diets so finding this was perfectly timed!

  8. They sound delicious. Grains seeds with apricots and coconut and coco chips… Yumm
    Must try these super power packed bars

  9. You had me at the ingredients list! Coconut and apricot mmmm. I’ve made a few slices that have failed come cutting them – great tip to wait till it’s cool.

  10. oh yum! These are on my must make list!!

  11. Oh, they look gooood! I guess cutting back a little on the white chocolate, etc, would help with the health aspect (although they do look yummy, so maybe not too much!)

  12. Great photos – its a good thing you wanted to practice your photography that day, wasn’t it!

  13. The Thrifty Issue

    My mum used to make something similar and I loved them! Great pictures too.

  14. Omgosh look amazing ! I’m going to try these today !

  15. These look great! So healthy. Might try them for my kids this week.

  16. These look great and with a few tiny tweaks I can make them vegan as well!

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