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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

Nutrition info

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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 😃

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 😃