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These sweet homemade gluten free apricot jam bars make a delicious treat any time. You can use any flavor of jam or preserves you have on hand. Make a batch in about 30 minutes!

A close up of the cut apricot jam bars on parchment paper.

If you are looking for the perfect snack, you will want to give my new homemade gluten free jam bars recipe a try! These bars are fruity and sweet, and absolutely delicious! I made these apricot bars without oatmeal since many who are gluten free are also sensitive to oats.

These apricot jam cookie bars are made with just a few simple ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry! The shortbread crust behaves differently when compressed compared to how it is more fluffy when sprinkled on top of the shortbread jam bars.

They are so easy. My family devoured these apricot squares pretty quickly. If your family devours desserts quickly, make a double batch and freeze some!

If you love fruity bars, you will also want to try my Gluten Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars!

Tried this yesterday! WOW!!!! Yummylicious! My husband loved it too! Thanks for the great recipe and yes, was SO easy! I did use the Walmart GF flour and worked perfectly well.

Jean H., Facebook User

Why you will love these jam bars:

  1. All you need are a few simple ingredients.
  2. You can use any flavor of jam you have on hand.
  3. They freeze beautifully!
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King Arthur, Measure for Measure Flour 3 lbs

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the apricot jam bars ingredients.
  • Gluten free flour blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours, and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use different mixes.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  • Shredded coconut – Use unsweetened. I also think the smaller shred size coconut is easier to use than the ones with long, curly coconut shreds.
  • Butter – If you are dairy-free, this recipe can easily be made dairy-free by using vegan/dairy-free butter.
  • Jam or preserves – Use any flavor!

How To Make Gluten Free Apricot Bars:

Photos mixing up the dough.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350º F. Add your dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend.

Step 2: In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients. Mix and then pour them into the dry ingredients. Mix well into a semi-crumbly mixture.

Photos of the flat crust and spreading the jam on top.

Step 3: Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and press HALF of the dough mixture into the bottom. Be sure to come up a little bit on the sides.

HINT: When pressing the dough, use your hands or the bottom of a flat water glass.

Step 4: Spread the jam or preserves over the crust.

Photos of the crumbly topping on the jam layer.

Step 5: This is what the jam will look like when spread over the crust.

Step 6: Use your fingers to sprinkle the remaining half of the crust mixture over the jam.

Step 7: Bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on how thick the bottom crust is.

A slice of gluten free apricot bars on a plate.

If you like oats in your bars, these yummy Gluten Free Blueberry Oatmeal Bars or these Gluten Free Lemon Oat Bars.

Variations:

There are so many fun ways to vary this recipe. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Add walnuts or pecans to the jam layer.
  • Drizzle the tops with melted white chocolate.
  • Top the jam layer with some fresh fruit like blueberries.
  • Try this delicious Rose Jam instead of apricot jam.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What is a jam bar?

A jam bar uses jam or preserves instead of fresh fruit.

What can you do with apricot jam?

You can make these delicious gluten free apricot jam cookie bars :-).

How do you keep the crumble fluffy?

The secret to a fluffy crumb topping is to crumble the top crust mixture into tiny pieces before baking.

Can you make these bars dairy-free?

You can easily make these bars dairy-free by using dairy-free or vegan butter.

How long will these apricot jam bars keep fresh?

These apricot jam bars will keep for up to 3 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Don’t forget to try my incredibly chocolatey Gluten Free Brownie Cheesecake Bars recipe too! You may also love these Gluten Free Raspberry Cream Cheese Bars!

The top view of sliced apricot jam bars.

More Gluten Free Dessert Bar Recipes:

A close up of the cut apricot jam bars on parchment paper.

Gluten Free Apricot Jam Bars

Sandi Gaertner
These sweet delicious gluten free apricot jam bars are topped with a thick fluffy crumb topping. Use apricot jam, or any flavor! There is also a dairy-free option.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 18 slices
Calories 223 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 1 egg large
  • 13 ounces apricot jam

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix into a crumbly mixture. Divide it in half.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • Press half of the crust mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread the apricot jam over the crust.
  • Use your fingers to sprinkle the remaining crust over the jam.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove and allow the bars to cool before slicing them.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  4. These apricot jam bars will keep for up to 3 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 292IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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