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