Vegan Orange Oaty Bars

  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted for 3-5 minutes stirring constantly in a pan. (remove from heat after)
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds ground into coarse flour consistency
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots (no stones)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • Zest of whole orange (save 1 tsp. of zest to garnish the bars later)
  • Juice from half an orange, freshly squeezed (approximately 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Preheat oven to 350 *
  • Add toasted pecans, ground almonds and apricots into a food processor, and pulse into rough chunks then transfer into a large bowl.
  • Into the large bowl add the rest of ingredients combining everything else and mix well by hand.
  • Place parchment paper into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • Lightly spray the parchment paper with baking spray.
  • Pour into the baking pan, and spread batter evenly, batter will be moist.
  • Bake 25 – 30 minutes until there’s a golden crust.
  • Let cool before drizzling or cutting into squares.


  • Melt 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips in a double boiler, or bowl, safely set over a pot of simmering water.
  • Stir the chocolate, don’t let it burn.
  • When completely melted, drizzle over the top of the Orange Oaty Bars and sprinkle the reserved 1 tsp. orange zest over the chocolate. Enjoy!
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