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These vegan, Healthy Tropical Oat Bars are filling, packed with tropical flavors and are naturally sweet! Perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes or a snack on the go!

Healthy Tropical Oat Bars {Vegan, GF}

Today I bring you Healthy Tropical Oat Bars because I’ve gotten a little out of control with the desserts! A quick scroll down the homepage will show you that I have been on a non-stop sugar high for over a month! My cinnamon almond bars are that addicting, and now it’s time to rein it in, Lindsey. Rein it in.

But I can promise you that, while I have cut the added sugar down to a measly 2 tablespoons of honey in these vegan bars, you won’t even notice that they are healthy. You will be too excited about the burst of tropical flavors on your tongue to give a second thought to the fact that they are only 175 calories each!

Homemade oat bars have been on my list for over a year now, but I’ve resisted because each and every one I have seen calls for dates as the base. I loathe dates. I used to pick them out of the muesli cereal my mom bought growing up. Dedicated date hater right here.

But several weeks ago late at night, which is when these experiments usually happen, I decided to forgo the hated dates altogether and use dried apricots as the base.

Best. Decision. EVER!

Healthy Tropical Oat Bars {Vegan, GF}
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First you soften the apricots in simmering water to partially rehydrate them, then you puree them into a beautiful, thick paste that will act as the main adhesive for the bars, lastly you mix everything together and bake it. How easy was that?

The mild apricot flavor fades into the background and you are left with all the tropical flavors you love! Pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts! They’ll take you right back to that last beach vaca!

“If you like piña coladas…”

Now that song is stuck in your head too. #sorryimnotsorry. Pick up some extra macadamia nuts and you can make a batch of my favorite White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

The oats and wheat bran make each bar is as filling as it is tasty! I’ve been eating these for breakfast, for a pre-workout snack, for a post-workout snack, to tide me over ‘til dinner; I stuffed some in my husband’s carryon before he left last week…you get the idea. They’re awesome! You’ll love them! Even if you’re a date-lover.

To make these happy snacks Gluten Free, simply substitute the wheat bran with oat bran and make sure that your oat bran and oatmeal are certified gluten free. Oh happy day!

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Note: Each bar pictured is slightly smaller than an actual serving in this recipe because some edges had to be sacrificed in the name of beautifully enticing photography.

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Healthy Tropical Oat Bars

These vegan, gluten-free, Healthy Tropical Oat Bars are filling, packed with tropical flavors and are naturally sweet! Perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes or a snack on the go!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 Bars


  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats ground in a food processor
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup pecans toasted, chopped
  • ¾ cup pecans toasted, ground in the food processor
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts finely chopped
  • ¾ cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup dried pineapple chopped
  • ½ cup golden raisins chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoon honey I use wildflower
  • ¼ cup reserved apricot cooking liquid


  • Preheat your oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place dried apricots in a small saucepan and cover with water until the water is approximately ½ inch above the fruit. Place over medium-high heat just until it comes to a low boil, turn down the heat to a low-simmer and simmer until plump. I let mine simmer for at least 30 minutes, but 20 will be okay. Because of the long simmer time, I start the apricots before I begin measuring or chopping any other ingredient.
  • Place all other ingredients through raisins in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place plump apricots in the bowl of a food processor, reserving the cooking liquid. Process the apricots until completely smooth, adding some reserved cooking liquid if necessary. The liquid will help them puree.
  • Add the puree, coconut oil and honey to the large bowl and mix with a large wooden spoon. If needed add some of the reserved cooking liquid. In the 3 test batches I made, I needed about ¼ cup additional liquid. You want the “batter” to be cohesive but not extremely sticky or wet.
  • Press into the prepared pan with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  • Let cool and then cut into bars.


Store at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Wrap in wax paper and then place in a freezer bag prior to freezing. Take them out individual to thaw at room temperature!
I measured all ingredients before they were processed or chopped.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Calories: 242
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Healthy Tropical Oat Bars {Vegan, GF}
Healthy Tropical Oat Bars {Vegan, GF}

Hi, I’m Chef Lindsey!

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  1. OMG! These do seem incredible healthy but also super delicious! I’m so excited to try making them! They’ll be perfect once school starts again 🙂

  2. Yay for healthy sweets! These look amazing Lindsey. I totally dig tropical flavors 🙂

  3. These bars look amazing, Lindsey! Using apricots is a great idea instead of dates and I absolutely love the tropical flavors too! The fact that they are healthy and guilt free sounds perfect to me – pinning 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kelly! And thanks for the pin! They are delicious as well as healthy, which makes them a nice break from all the ice cream I’ve been eating!

  4. …and gettin’ caught in the rain! YES!!! I love pina coladas, and I apparently love gettin’ caught in the rain too since I live in rainy Seattle. Sigh. But, there is no raining on the parade of these bars Lindsey, because they look amazing! And healthy too! Pinned!

  5. These look amazing!!! Since I can’t go to Hawaii, perhaps I should make my home feel like Hawaii, eh? 😀

  6. Oooh I LOVE pina coladas (and I now totally have that song stuck in my head). These bars look delish! 🙂