Fig Newton Bars

Fig Newtons probably used to be one of my favorite snack foods.  Since they contain wheat and milk I obviously no longer eat them and really miss them.  I could always buy those expensive gluten free and vegan Fig Newtons, but they are not the healthiest snack option.  After researching online I came across a much healthier, tastier, less expensive option that’s fun to make!

This recipe was adapted from FatFree Vegan Kitchen:

Ingredients:
Filling:

  • 8 ounce package dried figs
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger

Crust:

  • 1 cup GF oats, ground in blender until fine
  • 1 cup GF oats, unground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Blend dried figs, dates, and almonds in a food processor until a paste forms.
  3. Add agave, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and ginger to the mixture and process until mixed.  Set this mixture aside.
  4. Combine both the ground and unground oats, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add in the applesauce, agave, and water and mix until thick.
  6. Press half the crust mixture into a greased 8×8″ pan.
  7. Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust carefully with your hands.
  8. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
  10. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Since this was my first time making these Fig Newton Bars, I followed the recipe exactly as written.  Next time, I think I’m going to try making them without the almonds, though I did love the flavor it added.

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