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Orange High-Energy Oat Bars

45 min






10 ingredients or less

These energy bars are dense and delicious! They're protein-packed with three different types of nuts, made sweet with dried apricots and some good 'ol Canadian maple syrup, and naturally flavoured with orange zest. They make for a great snack or breakfast on-the-go!



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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. To a pan on medium-high heat, toast pecans for 3 - 5 minutes until they become aromatic. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Add the pecans and apricots to a food processor and blitz them up into small chunks.
  4. Add the mixture from the food processor to a large bowl, along with the oats, almond flour, cinnamon, orange zest (save a bit for garnish!), and salt. Combine with a wooden spatula.
  5. Then to the bowl, we'll add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until everything is well combined.
  6. Line a 10 x 7 inch (26 x 17 cm) baking dish with parchment paper and transfer the mixture to the baking dish. Press down as firmly as possible, levelling it all out.
  7. Bake in the centre rack of the oven for 25 - 30 minutes until the top is lightly golden.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes, and then remove from the baking dish to cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate. Drizzle it over the bars. Sprinkle on some sea salt and reserved orange zest. Cut into 8 squares or about 10 bars, and enjoy!


  • * Use store-bought almond flour, or make it yourself by adding raw almonds to a food processor and blending until you achieve a flour-like consistency.
  • ** One orange yields approximately 1 Tbsp of zest.


  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 6 days, and in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Grains 43%

old-fashioned rolled oats

Proteins 43%

raw pecans

almond flour

peanut butter

Fruits & Veggies 14%

dried apricots

No significant sources of calcium

raw pecans

almond flour

peanut butter

dairy-free dark chocolate

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sadie - Nov. 24, 2021, 11:42 p.m.

These look great, yet I'm concerned about using 1/2 maple syrup (a lot of sugar and it's costly ...eep). I recognize quantities in recipes serve a purpose (structure, texture, volume). Would scaling back to 1/3 markedly compromise? Thoughts? I hope to make for a birthday treat for a family member! :D Many thanks! I love your content (especially the food science and cooking tips! :)

PUL Team - Nov. 25, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

Hey Sadie, thanks for the kind words! The syrup gives the bars a delcious sweetness in addition to stickiness to help them stick together. If it's desired to experiment with less syrup and you find the mixture too crumbly, adding more nut butter or perhaps pureed dried fruit could help the bars stick together more. We hope this helps! We're so grateful a PUL recipe is being considered for the special occasion☺️

Sonia - Nov. 23, 2021, 9:12 p.m.

This is a lovely autumn/winter snack! I didn't have almond flour but used some coconut flour instead, turned out great! Thank you for the recipe! :D

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2021, 8:17 p.m.

Thanks for the insight, Sonia! We're so thrilled the bars were enjoyed ✨

Margrit - Nov. 14, 2021, 5:16 p.m.

All my love!

Goody - Nov. 12, 2021, 6:28 a.m.

hello I am planning on making this for my girls for school lunch boxes. could I use coconut butter instead of peanut/almond/ cashew butter?

PUL Team - Nov. 13, 2021, 2:35 a.m.

Hi Goody, thanks for the question! Any nut or seed butter will work, although will impact the taste and texture slightly. Coconut butter tends to be sweeter and creamier than nut butters so it may be helpful to add the maple syrup afterwards to taste in step five, or halve the recipe to try it first. If you're looking for a nut-free option and are interested, sunflower seed butter will better match the flavour profile of the nut butter. We hope this helps for now and you enjoy the recipe if you experiment with it 😃

Victoria E - Nov. 6, 2021, 5:17 p.m.

These were great! I agree with another viewer that the bars taste like something you're getting away with. I didn't have enough oats, so subbed in the remainder with almond flour. Used dried cranberries and a sprinkling of crystalized ginger, subbed cashews for pecans, and left off the zest (didn't have any) and chocolate (decided it didn't need it/effort). I was very cautiously optimistic based on my degree of substitutions but they turned out wholesome yet amazingly decadent! I can't wait to make these again, but now I'm completely out of oats. Also, to address the crumbling issue, I actually stored these bars cut up in the freezer and used some parchment paper between layers. Just let them thaw out for about 10 minutes and they're perfect! Thank you again, Sadia and PUL team!

PUL Team - Nov. 6, 2021, 7:10 p.m.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with the bars, Victoria! The insight is so appreciated and we're so happy they were enjoyed 🤗

Adriana - Nov. 6, 2021, 5:09 p.m.


Madison - Nov. 4, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

OMG these are my new favourite baked goods...EVER! I added about 11g of orange zest and used 10g extra of chocolate (half semi-sweet half unsweetened) and dates instead of dried apricots. They are bursting with flavour and perfectly satisfy my sweets craving without leaving me feeling gross and heavy afterwards. I can't way to make these again!!!

PUL Team - Nov. 5, 2021, 12:10 a.m.

Ooo a wonderful idea to change up the recipe, Madison, thank you for sharing! ☺️

casey - Oct. 8, 2021, 1:32 p.m.


Leila - theedgyfoodie - Oct. 2, 2021, 5:42 p.m.

This is my go-to protein snack !! So easy to make and incredibly delicious!! Perfect for make ahead and freezer-friendly!!

I use almod butter instead due to a peanut allergy and I skip the dark chocolate, just a personal preference :)

PUL Team - Oct. 2, 2021, 10:57 p.m.

A lovely substitution, Leila, thank you for taking the time to share with us!

Maria - Oct. 2, 2021, 8:42 a.m.

Absolutely love this recipe! These oat bars have been a staple in my household ever since I made them the first time, now I always make a huge batch and freeze half so I have them on hand for busy days - or when I just want a delicious snack;) I either enjoy the bars as they are, or crumbled on top of some vegan yogurt for a super filling breakfast.

I normally switch out the apricots for dates and the peanut butter for almond and cashew butter and they turn out amazing every time! I really love how flexible the recipes are, and the alternative suggestions they give. Thank you PUL for another great recipe!

PUL Team - Oct. 2, 2021, 10:56 p.m.

Oh, Maria, we appreciate this so much! So glad the oat bars are being enjoyed. Thank you for the kind words and substitution ideas 😃

Beatriz - Sept. 29, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

Just tried these and were AMAZING! Loved the ingredients' combination and oh, the scent in the kitchen 😍

Nat - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:06 a.m.

These were delicious! I may have not used enough peanut butter, because my bars were crumbly and fell apart easily but I’m still gonna eat them! Chomp!
Thank you for your glorious recipes 🤩

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

Hi Nat! So glad the bars were enjoyed. We do recommend a cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of maple syrup to help with the stickiness. Feel free to add more if desired though 😊

Kellan - Aug. 23, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

I never leave reviews but I loved these SO MUCH that I had to come here and say THANK YOU!
This is such a delicious, simple and weekly recipe for me now. I am noticing a huge difference in my gut health because of these recipes!
I've been a huge fan of PUL's YouTube channel for years and I am so thankful to have this recipe in my back pocket when I need something energizing and filling. Thank you thank you thank you-- you should absolutely try this recipe!

Few alterations I made: I used lemon instead of orange, Justin's almond butter instead of peanut butter (due to allergy), and walnuts instead of pecans--it turned out great! Definitely recommend using a food processor in the first step, helps break down the nuts and prevents the bars from breaking once they're cooked :)

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 6:09 a.m.

Aw, Kellan, thank YOU for being here and sharing your kindness 💚 It means so much! Love the modifications for the recipe too 😃

Michelle - July 29, 2021, 8:07 a.m.

Super tasty! I swapped out the apricots for dates and peanut butter for almond butter since that was what I had on hand and it worked out great with a perfect consistency! Next time, I'm going to try with the prescribed ingredients but I just wanted to share my experience with other readers of this versatile recipe. Thank you so much for helping so many people gain a healthy and fun relationship with food - I love your Youtube channel and this website (which is the most useful and practical recipe website I've ever encountered). Warm regards from Sweden!

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 12:31 a.m.

Aw, you're too kind, Michelle! We love how this one is so flexible too 🤩 Thank YOU for helping make our PUL family so special. Hearing this means so much more than we can express. Hugs to Sweden 🥰

Valerie - July 29, 2021, 2:56 a.m.

Incredibly easy and delicious! I used lime zest and dates instead of orange zest and dried apricots (since that's all I had at the time and was too impatient to try this recipe!) so I put a dairy-free white chocolate drizzle on top instead to complement the lime and it worked well. Since then I've made it with the orange zest, apricots, and dark chocolate and it was equally as delightful. Do yourself a favor, make this with whatever you have in your kitchen today! Your tastebuds will thank you.

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 11:49 p.m.

Mmm delightful substitutes, Valerie, thanks a bunch for sharing! We appreciate the review so much ☺️

Marisa - July 24, 2021, 8:17 p.m.

I have made this recipe already 4 times now, really my all-time favorite for busy work weeks. For me, the combination of chocolate and orange is just 🤤. Never lasts long if this one is on the counter!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:46 p.m.

Woo! We're so thrilled to hear you're enjoying the bars, Marisa 🤗

Heather - July 24, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

Made this many, many times. It is amazing and delicious.

Charlene Hudson - July 23, 2021, 6:25 p.m.

What can I substitute for the almond flour? We have a family member who cannot eat almods, but this recipe looks so delicious, and I would really like to make it.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:47 p.m.

Hi Charlene, we've heard some positive reviews with using oat flour! Do let us know if you experiment or give it a try 😊

Sarah - July 23, 2021, 6:32 a.m.

I love these breakfast bars. They're referred to in our house as "the bars that make you feel like you're getting away with something," because you feel like you're eating a sweet for breakfast

Kelly - July 22, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

Loved these so much. Only change I made was to just stir in some vegan chocolate chips into the mix instead of drizzling melted chocolate over the top.

Stacy - July 22, 2021, 12:44 a.m.

I’ve made these bars a few times. Very yummy!

Carolina Granados - July 21, 2021, 7:41 p.m.

Love it!

Emma - July 14, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

This one is AMAZING!! LOVE IT <33

Lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

delicious... these will stick to your ribs and carry you through the day! want to make again and again... 🤎

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

We appreciate the review, Lucy, thank you for sharing!

Lauren - July 10, 2021, 10 p.m.

I LOVE these bars. They are easy to make and last a long time if you put them in the fridge. They are perfect for on the go or if you want to add some delicious flavour to your yogurt. I have made these a few times and always enjoy them. They are also yum with a glass of milk. ;) Check out all their recipes, refer all your vegan friends for these nutrient and flavor packed recipes. Pick Up Limes works so hard to create these recipes. Thank you guys!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:11 a.m.

Aw you're too sweet, Lauren, your support means so much! We're so glad you enjoyed the oat bars as well 💝

Claudia Listyo - July 10, 2021, 5:17 p.m.

So good & filling! Perfect for pre workout snack. I made it twice already! Thank you for the recipe😍

Gabrielle - July 9, 2021, 4:52 p.m.

Super simple and easy to adapt to what you have on hand! These make a great snack or breakfast, but definitely make sure not to skip the chocolate!

Ruben M.C - July 8, 2021, 11:10 p.m.

Already made it twice, my family eats this as a treat!

Shuchita - July 4, 2021, 1:32 p.m.

I gave it a try even when I was in serious lack of ingredients.
No orange zest, so used lime zest.
No dried apricots so used mix of raisins and dates.
Walnuts instead of pecans.
Skipped the chocolate part.
I also messed up a bit because I made oats flour instead of using it whole.
It still came out great. It is quite crumbly, but when freezed, it holds its shape.
Someday I'll try to follow the recipe as it is without any modification :D

PUL Team - July 4, 2021, 6:14 p.m.

Hi there, Shuchita! We're so glad you were able to adapt the recipe to what was accessible to you and the bars were enjoyed 😃 Happy cooking ✨

Ricky - June 18, 2021, 6:23 a.m.

We love this recipe! We've made it many times. We often taken it with us as hiking snacks, so we leave the garnishes off and mix them in instead. Mini dark chocolate chips mixed in taste phenomenal 😋
For some inexplicable reason, a couple of times we've made this it has turned out very crumbly. Like you could barely hold a bite in your hand, let alone a bar. However, whenever this happens we just use it as granola and enjoy it immensely 😁 (We occasionally break up bars to turn them into granola if they aren't crumbly enough to start with. It tastes really good...)
P.S. This new site is magnificent, even with the occasional unobtrusive ad. I make all recipes based on weight, so I really appreciate that the metric conversions are much more accurate on this new site as well. Also, I use your recipes all the time and I've noticed at least a couple places where you have edited the recipes for this new site. Way to go! I think the edits are great, and it also shows how much you care about delivering the highest quality recipes possible. Thank you so much! You've made being vegan so much more doable and enjoyable! 😋😁

PUL Team - June 21, 2021, 5:32 a.m.

Hello Ricky, thank you so much for this incredible feedback! For the bars being occasionally crumbly, perhaps they may not be pressed firmly enough into the baking dish? We're so grateful for the review and support 🥰

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:58 p.m.

This was amazing! I used it as a dessert and it lasted for two weeks in the fridge! I replaced the orange zest with glazed zest and reduced the maple syrup consequently and it gave it an amazing flavor!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 10:05 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the energy bars, Cris! Lovely ideas to modify the recipe :D

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - May 17, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

Oh dear, another winner recipe for a chocolate lover🤤. I’m afraid that I’ll succumb to gluttony🤣
I was surprised that this bar didn’t feel heavy, albeit filling, despite the variety and forms of nuts. It’s really an optimised recipe: sublime flavour pairing of orange, vanilla, and salt (really good: it breaks off the sweetness👏🏼) in addition to a wonderful chewy texture. It’s amazing how a solid bar can “melt” inside the mouth.
A strong recommendation from my part: try to eat it directly from the freezer😲. The larger amount of fats prevents the bars from being completely frozen, and you’ll experience an extra flavour dimension. It’s almost like eating an ice cream🤩. Be careful though with your first bite😉

PUL Team - May 20, 2021, 10:37 p.m.

We're so appreciative of this review, Louise, you're incredible!! 😃 So thrilled to hear you enjoyed the bars and what a lovely recommendation. Happy cooking ✨🥰

Rachel - May 16, 2021, 11:57 p.m.

I tried this recipe and the bars are really crumbly. I think it's because I don't have a food processor. I tried to cut everythig finely, but maybe it wasn't enough...They taste really good though!! :)

PUL Team - May 17, 2021, 6:49 a.m.

Hi there, Rachel! Thank you for sharing your review with us 😃 The crumbliness may have been due to the chopping. You might have done the following suggestions already, but if you give the recipe another try, we'd recommend to:
1) Add more peanut butter or maple syrup if the mixture seems too dry initially
2) Ensure the mixture is pressed firmly down in the pan before baking
3) Let the baking pan cool completely to allow the mixture to harden up after baking

Super glad the bars tasted good despite the crumbiness though 🙂

Melissa - May 5, 2021, 6:48 a.m.

This recipe sounds great. What could be User instead of dried apricots and other dried fruits? They are very hard to get here, seems unpossible :(

PUL Team - May 8, 2021, 10:27 p.m.

Hey Melissa, that's a lovely question! The dried fruit helps add a bit of sweetness and stickiness to the mixture. You could leave it out and add a bit more nut butter or maple syrup if you're finding the mixture not sticking together as well. Let us know how it goes if you experiment with this one 😃

Ricky - June 18, 2021, 6:09 a.m.

The first time we made this recipe we used apricots, but ever since then we've used raisins and we actually like it a lot better. Maybe that could work for you 😁

Kerry - April 20, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

Best oat bars I've ever tasted! Added a little orange flavouring to boost the zestiness. So good.

Kerry - April 20, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

Oh and I added a bit of buckwheat for crunch.

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

Lovely idea, Kerry! Thanks for sharing :D

Nethraa - April 10, 2021, 10:11 p.m.

Hi Sadia and crew, I'm a huge fan of all your work!! I have the unfortunate case of being allergic to oranges so any substitute for the orange zest that might still go well with chocolate? Would stewed berries or thinly sliced apple work instead? Or some more dried fruits such as dried figs? Racking my brain trying to figure this out. Lots of love and support to you all, greetings from Dublin :)

PUL Team - April 11, 2021, 12:43 a.m.

Hello Nethraa! Thanks for the kind words and question. You could exclude the orange zest, or alternatively use a different fruit! Stewed berries, strawberries, apples, or mango would probably go well. Dried fruit or coconut flakes are other great options! Sending lots of love to Dublin. Let us know if you give any of the ideas a try 😃

Eva - April 2, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

I love these and I make them so often! They are my favourite snack! I even made them for my family in Greece when i visited last summer and they were super impressed. By the way, the new website looks amazing! Sending many greetings from Amsterdam :)

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1:51 a.m.

Aww, thanks for the awesome review, Eva! We're so glad you're enjoying the new website. Sending many greetings back to Amsterdam 😃