Apricot Walnut Bars {gluten free} [WIAW 10]

Happy Hump-Day friends!


I can’t believe this is my TENTH week of What I Ate Wednesday posts. Are you totally bored of seeing what I eat? It’s not particularly exciting. But I do have a recipe for you today!

This is what I ate on Saturday, when I ran my race. [In case you missed it, I ran my first 10K — click here for the recap] Oh and everything is on the same place-mat… oops!

Well, let’s get to it…

What I Ate Wednesday On Race Day

Pre-race: I fuelled up with a piece of Ezekiel bread, peanut butter and a banana.


Post-race: Obviously celebrated with a giant stack of blueberry pancakes. I used Davida’s grain-free banana protein pancake

but added blueberries. Soooo delicious!

Blueberry pancakes

Snack: I made two bars over the weekend as part of my food prep. [These] and these apricot walnut bars. I had one later on in the morning with a nectarine. [not pictured] My tummy was grumbling after all that running!

Apricot Walnut Bar1

They are seriously soft and delicious and oh-so-easy to make.

Apricot Walnut Bar2

Apricot Walnut Bars

Adapted from Ingredients of a Fit Chick

Ingredients (6 bars)

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats – gluten free if necessary
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp crushed walnuts
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup apricots, chopped into small/bite-size pieces


1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a 5×7 inch loaf pan with tin foil and coat with cooking spray

3. In a bowl, mix oats, almond flour, walnuts, cinnamon, flax seeds and cinnamon.

4. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, mashed banana and vanilla extract.

5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.

6. Fold in apricot pieces.

7. Pour batter into your baking pan.

8. Bake for 15 minutes

9. Allow to cool and set.

10. Cut into 6 bars and enjoy… or store in the fridge for about a week… or freeze.

Per serving (1 out of 6 bars): 168 calories, 18g carbs, 8g fat, 6g protein, 9g sugar


Late lunch: Okay back to the food… I was pretty full from my morning but had an egg white scramble with spinach and peppers and a bowl of fruit later in the day.


Fruit bowl

Dinner: I had dinner with the fam and as per usual we had roast chicken. We eat a lot of chicken… not that I’m complaining! Also for dinner: broccoli and a sweet potato, with cinnamon.



Dessert: A sister ice-cream date was in order! After sampling far too many flavors, I was finally satisfied with mint chocolate chip on the bottom and coconut on top.

Dutch Dreams

A yummy day after a great race!

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the deliciousness.




Be real with me #1: Do you like WIAW posts?! I will not take any offence.

Be real with me #2: Do you want me to continue posting nutrition facts for recipes? I try to calculate them for as many recipes as possible because I know counting calories are helpful in some people’s journeys — it’s helpful for me!




45 thoughts on “Apricot Walnut Bars {gluten free} [WIAW 10]

  1. I love WIAW posts! I’m nosy so I like to see what other people eat :P And plus it’s a great way to get inspired to try some new foods! As for calorie info, I’m neither here nor there. I usually tell people to try and stay away from calories, but I know that some find it useful.

  2. Yes…WIAW posts are usually my favorite :) Your eats looks super delicious!

    And wow…you picked my two favorite ice cream flavors of all time. I mean, I’m obsessed with coconut, so that sounds so delicious to me!

    Also, congrats on your first 10k!!!!! You did awesome :)

  3. Egg scrambles are so simple and so delicious, I love it. I love WIAW (I do it too), because I think it gives people perspective. I used to super restrict calories and WIAW posts helped me see that it was unnecessary. However, today everyone is killing me with delicious ice cream pictures, I want some now but it’s kiiiinda too early :)

  4. That ice cream looks so good! I definitely want to try those apricot-walnut bars. They sound delicious!
    I like doing WIAW and love reading other people’s for recipe ideas. Whether it’s a full day’s worth of eats of just a few pictures of food highlights from throughout the week, I still love reading them!

  5. Looks delicious- especially the pancakes!! I love reading WIAW posts, so keep them coming! I also like nutrition facts because I like to watch out for too many sugars and maintain a general balance of macros that works for me. But I see the arguments on both sides, so do what feels right to you!

  6. Oooh it all looks delicious! Congrats on the 10k too!
    As far as WIAW, I go in phases. They were my intro into the blog world so they have a special place in my heart, but there are some weeks that I just don’t wanna look at another bowl of oats or salad. I don’t really pay attention to nutrition facts. I say if you like posting them, keep doing it! But don’t feel pressured to!
    Happy 10th anniversary of WIAW to you!

  7. WIAW are interesting. I do find them interesting, however, some individuals (eg. those suffering from disordered eating) could find them triggering (I know I used to). On the other hand, for those who are interested in seeing a glimpse of healthy eating, WIAW are a very useful tool! I think it truly depends on your audience, but you can’t please everyone. Ultimately, you got to do what you want. It’s your blog after all!!

    As for the nutritional info, maybe link it to another page? That way people who are interested have it at their fingertips!

    Keep up the blogging; I love every post :)

  8. Coconut ice cream is the best!! Looks like you had some great eats on race day. I love reading WIAW posts, but as a blogger sometimes I don’t love writing them. I tend to eat the same things all the time and I fear that people will get bored with oatmeal week after week! But every week I cave and do it anyway because its still fun :)

  9. Pretty sure that Wednesdays are my favourite blogging day, just because I love seeing what everyone eats and getting ideas…like those walnut bars! And chicken, sweet potato and a veggie is always my fallback dinner – it happens about once a week.
    And as for the nutritional info, I’d say that it’s up to you. Some people like it, some don’t…I personally don’t need to see it, but I know that some others might feel like they do. So it’s your call!

  10. I enjoy reading WIAW as long as the pictures are good- like yours. I like learning about new products and recipes that way. Like those pancakes…yum! And your apricot bars look great too.

    I find nutrition facts to be helpful but I personally don’t have the time to do them myself. If it’s overloading your schedule then I wouldn’t bother.

  11. I say you keep doing WIAW posts! I love them and it always gives me some mid-week inspiration for food and fitness! But it’s funny though, you’re the second person I see in two weeks asking that question!

    As for the nutrition facts, they certainly are a must but not essential. Just by reading the ingredients, I usually vaguely figure out if I find them too caloric or if there is too much fat for my liking, etc… But for someone who counts calories it sure is helpful!

  12. I enjoy both reading and writing WIAW posts. Reading for the meal inspiration by others and writing because it keeps me accountable to change up my meals. I can still get in meal ruts and knowing I want to have [hopefully] interesting food up on Wednesday positively forces me to switch things up.

  13. I love WIAW posts! I think as bloggers we think it’s super boring and not that exciting (because we already ate it all that day) but for the readers it’s the first time they’re seeing it…and it’s always inspiration and fun to see how others eat in the day. There’s a reason they’re so popular, in my opinion! ;)

  14. I can’t get over how fluffy your pancakes are!! They look absolutely delicious :). I love reading WIAW posts and I also post the nutrition for the recipes I make. I don’t calorie count, but I like to be aware of what I’m eating and I think other people appreciate knowing what’s going into their body!

  15. Looking at your pictures made me hungry…and I just finished dinner! Your pictures always look amazing. I was wondering what kind of camera you use to take your pictures? They’re always so clear! Love your posts :)

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