These Oatmeal Fig Bars are vegan, gluten-free, and a lovely healthy treat! Costco got the best of me again. I saw a HUGE bag of dried figs, and, quite spontaneously, threw them in my cart. I didn’t really think about what I’d do with a giant bag of dried figs.
The bag was much too big for simply having a fig or two a day when I need a quick bite. No, I needed to come up with another use for these figs.
My mind immediately went to my childhood and how much I loved Fig Newtons. A lot of kids didn’t like the actual fig ones, but I did. That fig flavor just does it for me.
Creating actual Fig Newton cookies seemed like too much work and I didn’t want to deal with it.
Story of my life. I love to cook and bake and make homemade things, but I’m also a busy mom who doesn’t have time for long extravaganzas in the kitchen.
Insert Oatmeal Fig Bars. With barely any added sugar, these are wholesome (like, actually wholesome, not just the perceived type of wholesome as in the Fig Newtons of my youth…) and delectable. AND they won’t take you all day to make.
I think these Oatmeal Fig Bars > Fig Newtons because I added some chopped almonds to the crust and topping and the crunch factor is outstanding. Are you a big fan of contrasting textures? I love it and the crunch here is quite satisfying.
We use the dried figs to make a quick jam filling and it’s incredible. I could eat this stuff with a spoon. I guess I should write I did eat this stuff with a spoon. Try to save some for your middle layer.
Add your crumble topping and you’re ready to bake it!
These Oatmeal Fig Bars are perfect for breakfast (hello, oats, almonds, figs…), snack, or even a healthy dessert. I hope you love them as much as I do!
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon heart heart icon heart solid heart solid icon Oatmeal Fig Bars (Vegan and Gluten-Free) ★★★★★ 4.6 from 9 reviews Author: Maryea
Maryea Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 9 bars 1 x Print Recipe Print Recipe Description These Oatmeal Fig Bars are a wholesome version of Fig Newtons! Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x 2x 3x For the Crust and Topping 1 cup rolled oats
rolled oats 1/2 cup oat flour*
oat flour* 1/2 cup chopped almonds
chopped almonds 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt
salt 1 cup almond butter For the Fig Filling 2 1/2 cups dried figs, stems removed
dried figs, stems removed 3 tablespoons liquid sweetener (honey is perfect here, but strict vegans can use maple syrup)
liquid sweetener (honey is perfect here, but strict vegans can use maple syrup) 2 tablespoon fig soaking water Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8X8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the sides. Put the dried figs in a bowl, and cover them completely with hot water. Allow them to soak for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, oat flour, chopped almonds, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Add the almond butter and mix until everything is combined. Take 3/4 of the mixture and press it into the bottom of the baking dish. Use the back of a cup or spatula to press it down firmly. Remove the figs from the water and put them in a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons of the soaking water and process until it is a smooth mixture. Take the fig mixture and spread it on top of the almond oat crust. Top with crumbles of the remaining almond oat mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy! Notes *Rolled oats may be processed in a blender to make oat flour. AP or whole wheat flour can be substituted if you wish. Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes Nutrition Serving Size: 1 bar
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Do you like the idea of fruity bars, but are not really into figs? Try one of these other recipes!
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