These sweet, homemade gluten free apricot jam bars make a delicious treat any time. They have an incredible shortbread crust and a fluffy crumb topping. 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 gluten free 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 bar 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.

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!

Why my family loves these gluten free jam bars:

  1. These apricot jam cookie bars are made with just a few simple ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry!
  2. You can use any flavor of jam you have on hand!
  3. They freeze beautifully so they can be made ahead.

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 comment

Allergen Information:

These homemade jam bars are gluten-free, oat-free, nut-free, and soy-free. Make them dairy-free by using a plant-based butter.

Photos of the apricot jam bars ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • 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 coconut. I also think the smaller shred size coconut is easier to use than the ones with long, curly coconut shreds.
  • Egg – Use a large egg.
  • Butter – I recommend unsalted butter.
  • Jam or preserves – Use any flavor!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Photos mixing up the dough.

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

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to a smaller bowl. Mix and then pour them into the dry ingredients. Mix well to form 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.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

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.

Try these yummy flavor options!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

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:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

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.
5 from 10 votes
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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


  • 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


  • 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.


  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.


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.


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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  1. could one use coconut sugar rather than processed white? I have some lovely tart plum jar I’m eager to try in this recipe 🙂

    1. Hi Sara, I haven’t tested coconut sugar in this recipe. It should work, though the coconut sugar will make it brown in color. If you try it, please do let me know how it tastes.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazingly adaptable recipe and have made it with apple and raspberry jam as well. Easily converted to dairy free and vegan

  3. 5 stars
    I didn’t have apricot jam, so I used strawberry rhubarb jam. A hit with the whole family, including my picky four year old!
    Thank you!