No Bake Apricot Cranberry Nut Bars

no-bake apricot cranberry nut bars, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, no added sugars, grain free

Happy Friday!

I’ve already written an intro this morning, wrote an entire post, and stayed up late editing a video. Unforteunly, hotel wifi is not suitable for uploading large videos to YouTube.๐Ÿ˜ž My meal-prep tutorial was planned to go live today, but sometimes plans change! I have about 45-minutes left on the upload, so I plan on getting the post up and live tomorrow morning. I’d love for you to have it just in case you’re looking to meal prep next week.

Like usually, I hate leaving the blog empty before the weekend, so I went into my queue and pulled a recipe to share! Today, I’m sharing my no-bake apricot cranberry nut bars!
These apricot cranberry nut bars were a fun experimentย in the kitchen. I was showing my mom how to make the chocolate hazelnut protein bombs, and then we came up with this one right after. I don’t know why, but they taste like cherry pop tarts. I can’t explain it, but they are delicious. I think the almond extract was the perfect addition.

Using apricots and cranberries makes it a nice recipe to transition from summer to fall with. These bars pack a ton of healthy fats and energy for your day or activity!

If you’re looking for a great travel-friendly snack, these are a great choice!
I love how well they hold up! I brought a couple of them to Saturday morning tennis with me. It was nearly 95-degrees, and they held up so well. I didn’t have to worry about melted chocolate of mushy oats. I thought about the endless variations I could make like this bar! It also saved me from walking into Whole Foods hungry! That’s NEVER a good idea.ย 

Making a bunch of these ahead of time to eat throughout the week is a great idea. You’ll save a ton of money rather than buy the overpriced bars at the grocery store, they’re quick energy and filling. They are also a great grab and go breakfast choice.


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Apricot Cranberry Nut Bars

These apricot cranberry nut bars are gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, and grain free. 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 2 Cups Roasted & Unsalted Almonds
  • 3 Large Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots (find ones without added sugars)
  • 1 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (find ones without added sugars)
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbsps Water


  1. Add almonds, apricots, and dates to the food processor. Chop until they are in tiny little pieces. 

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped ingredients with vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, cranberries, sesame seeds, and water. 

  3. Use your hands to form the ingredients into bars, or balls. 

    Store in the fridge, or in a container on the countertop. 

Questions for you!

  1. Do you like to make homemade snacks for travels?
  2. Would you like to see a carrot cake version of these?
  3. Do you ever use a food processor?


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