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Oatmeal Fig Bars (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

These Oatmeal Fig Bars are a wholesome version of Fig Newtons!

  • Author: Maryea
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x

Ingredients

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For the Crust and Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond butter

For the Fig Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups dried figs, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons liquid sweetener (honey is perfect here, but strict vegans can use maple syrup)
  • 2 tablespoon fig soaking water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8X8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the sides.
  2. Put the dried figs in a bowl, and cover them completely with hot water. Allow them to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Take the fig mixture and spread it on top of the almond oat crust.
  7. Top with crumbles of the remaining almond oat mixture.
  8. 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.

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