Apricot & Walnut Granola Bars

Heather Dessinger

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fruit nut granola bars recipe

These chewy granola bars from Suzanne Perazzini are chock-full of dried fruit, nuts and the natural sweetness of honey and banana. If you love these cherry pie energy bars but want to mix things up every once in awhile, I think you’re going to love this recipe.

Apricots and figs work beautifully in these bars (and add a nice golden color), but you can use this recipe as a base and substitute any fruit and nuts you like. A batch makes 12 generous granola bars. Thanks Suzanne for sharing them with us!

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Fruit and Nut Granola Bar Recipe

Try these soft and chewy fruit and nut granola bars with a base of rolled oats combined with dried fruits and nuts and the with the natural sweetness of bananas and a little honey.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, gluten-free, granola
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 205kcal
Author Heather Dessinger




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, mashed bananas, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the oats, making sure that it is evenly mixed and all of the oats are moistened. Mix in the nuts and dried fruit. 
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, spread evenly, and press to pack.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes at 350°F.
  • Cool and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Another recipe that can be customized to fit your tastes and the contents of your pantry! Use whatever combination of dried fruits and nuts you like to total 1 cup of each.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

What’s your favorite granola bar recipe? 

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  • Healthy maple granola recipe – This recipe is so easy to make. Just toss some nuts, seeds, cinnamon, maple syrup, etc. together and bake. Voila!
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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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37 thoughts on “Apricot & Walnut Granola Bars”

  1. Alexandria Dyson – I would try what Rachel Stinman recommended. Or try this recipe, which also uses banana to hold things together.

  2. Yum!! It’s says to mix the maple syrup but I didn’t read you needed that in the ingredients section am I missing something lol

  3. Is there anything that can be substituted for the banana?? We have a severe allergy in the house, so much so that we don’t even bring them into the house.

  4. Ruthann McFarlane – Avocado with a bit of maple syrup or honey might work, but I can’t imagine it would be as pretty 🙂

  5. Jessica Zunino – I buy some but not all. However, I provide brand recommendations for those who cannot find certain things locally.

  6. Thank you for this recipe. I’m going to rural Alaska for one week next month and these will be a yummy addition to my real food packing list. Hopefully I don’t crush these too bad en route. I’ll send a pic of me eating them in the snow 🙂

  7. Should we assume that the honey (listed in the ingredients) and the maple syrup (listed in the directions) are interchangeable? Or are they both supposed to be added to the recipe?

  8. Could I just soak some regular rolled oats and use those? Also, are the dried fruit and nuts pretty interchangeable? I have dried cherries, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips….Thanks!!

  9. I ran across these again! Looking in the comments, I did not see any reference to the oven temp stated in the recipe 180C. If that is correct, what does that translate to in F? Thanks