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Fig Bars Recipe - Gluten-free and healthy energy bar.

So it's fig season. Who gives a fig? Grab this fig bars recipe and make healthy vegetarian desserts.

What do you do with all 'dem figs? Check out this fig bars recipe or you can just jam them! Fig preserves is a good idea to make of these too.

Fresh Fig Bars RecipeThis Fig Bars can be made with fresh or dried figs. This one is loaded with this fruit. This is a great recipe to make when they're in season.

When figs are in abundance, you can do so many things with them. You can make some fig jam or spread, or you can just freeze them for smoothies.

Of course these fruits can be dried or you can just simply pop 'em in your mouth and eat them as is. 

You can make a super healthy dessert such as gluten-free vegetarian desserts like fig newtons as well. 

You know, virtually every packaged foods you buy these days are loaded with preservatives and chemical additives. So might as well make our own fig bars.

This recipe can be made with regular flour. But let's make it gluten-free for a change.

Cut fresh Figs
Fig Jam

For the filling:

  • Fresh Figs - about 3 cups, diced
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw honey or a small block of natural cane sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the dough:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1/4 peanut flour (optional)
  • (actually, you can use any gluten-free flour)

Note: You can use any gluten-free flour

  • 1 egg (or 2 tsp ground flax seeds mixed with water as an egg replacement to make it vegan)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • A bit of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup natural sugar, more if you prefer sweeter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • Water (eyeball it)

Dice the fresh figs & set aside.

Melt the block of sugar in a few tablespoons of water (it should caramelize right there). Then put the chopped figs in, the cinnamon and vanilla. Stir and boil until it thickens a bit like a spreadable thick jam. 

*Resist the temptation of scooping it and eat it. IT IS HOT. Though it's so tempting I could eat all of it. But I saved mine for the filling.

Set aside to cool off.

Work the dough. Mix the flours together and all the other ingredients to make the dough. This recipe is vegan so the egg replacement was used (See ingredients above). If you are an ovo-lacto vegetarian go ahead and use an egg as your leavening agent. Why not...

Divide the dough in half and flatten both with your hands. Lay them on top of a parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes or until brownish in a 300 degree oven. Don't over bake.

When done, spread the caramelized filling on top of the baked flattened dough. Top it with the other half of the dough. Cool before slicing.

Note: You can use all purpose flour or any type you prefer. But this fig bars recipe is gluten-free. 

Sweet. Gooey figgy goodness inside sandwiched between two cake'y' cookies. It's so much healthier than the commercial bought fig newtons. These are not perfectly shaped, but this is also real life. The taste is more important.

They're good cookies without the High Fructose Corn Syrup and all other nasty preservatives you find listed in almost all cookie boxes.

So, is it a cookie or a cake? Hmm. Go and find out! 

These fruits are just too good to mess up with additives. So let's keep it simple using just a few ingredients. No doubt, these are healthy energy bars you take along to school, work or play for an energy picker upper!

Fresh Fig Newton Recipe you might like:

Too many figs go to waste during the Fall season. Don't let these go to waste by just letting them fall on the ground. Make this fig bars recipe!

You gotta eat them if you love them raw. But when there's just too many, it's just hard to eat them all. Make this gluten free cousin of those fig newtons.

So the best way to consume them is to make them into a healthy dessert like this wonderful fig bars. This ooey, gooey, figgy bars are just the hits. They're known to disappear fast.

Making these fig bars recipe is really easy. You can use fresh or dried figs. But if you have a fig tree, you can't just eat them all raw. It's such a waste to just let them fall down to the ground. Consume them as much as possible. This fruit is loaded with fiber which is necessary for gut health.


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