First you need to pre-heat your oven to 400F.
Get out your blender. Place one full cup of dried apricots and 2 Tbsp water into it. Blend until the apricots are smooth. Set aside.
In a bowl mix 2 1/3Cups of flour with 1 Cup Oats and 1/2 tsp Salt. Set aside.
With parental supervision, get out a medium saucepan. Place 3/4 C Unsalted butter (or hard margarine), 3/4 C Brown Sugar and 2 Tbsp corn syrup into it. Melt over medium heat, stirring once in a while.
Add to your dry flour mixture and mix it all up. (my son got tired of stirring after a while and I had to finish this step for him)
Press half of your mixture into a 7 inch square pan.
Smooth your fruit over top, and top with the remaining oat/flour mixture. My son told me we were making "sandwiches" in a pan!
Bake for 20-25 min until nicely golden on the top. Cut into squares. (we found that 16 was about perfect serving size)
Let cool and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor!
We think it would also be yummy with other fruit like strawberries, apples, blueberries and any other dried fruit you enjoy.
These were super fun for my son to make and he could do almost the whole thing by himself, making him feel pretty efficient in the kitchen.
Jaime is in her second year of homeschooling her 3 boys and often wonders why she missed out on all this fun for this many years! She loves crafting, photography, reading, cooking, taking care of her family, homeschooling, learning new things, and many others. You can find a mish mash of all of that on her family blog at Welcome to the Madness.