Homemade Fig Bars

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OK so I’m not even trying to be dramatic but you should literally stop whatever you’re doing right now and make these new-school copy-cat Fig Newton bars!
I’ve been trying to find something creative to do with my first fig purchase of the season that I bought on a whim because hey, it’s fig season (has everyone else been chomping at the bit for fig seasons to officially begin? Or just me?) And these semi-healthy, wholly-amazing fig bars are perfect for your next road trip or post gym snack or sitting on the couch watching the next episode of Bachelor in Paradise. Whatever you’re doing, you should be eating one of these while doing it. Because seriously, they are SO good. Have I convinced you yet?
Great. Go buy some figs and I bet you have everything else you need in your pantry! Get to it. These are fabulous.

Ingredients-
For the dough
1 1/2 cups of oats (not the quick cook kind!)
1 cup of walnuts or pecans (I used pecans)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup of Maple Syrup

For the filling
6 washed figs, stems removed
1 tbs Maple Syrup
2 tbs Chia seeds
1 tbs brown sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, add the dough ingredients, minus the maple syrup, and process until the ingredients have formed a fine powder. Spoon the mixture into a bowl, and mix in the maple syrup by hand until fully combined.
  3. In the same food processor (no need to rinse!) add in the figs, syrup, chia seeds and brown sugar. Blend for about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the processor, until fully blended. Let the fig mixture sit to thicken.
  4. Lightly flour your counter and roll out the dough using a rolling pin or wine bottle. Cut the dough into rectangles, and, once thickened, spoon the fig mixture onto one side of each rectangle. Using a spatula since the dough is fragile, fold the other side of the rectangle over the fig mixture, creating a little pocket. Use your spatula to move the bars onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake the bars for about 18 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let the bars cool slightly before eating.

 

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