Transform pantry staples into this amazing Fig Bars recipe that pack protein, whole grains, and delicious flavor into one bar.
– Dried figs – Orange juice – Rolled oats – Honey – Whole-wheat flour – Nut or seed butter – Milk
– Vanilla extract – Cinnamon – Baking powder
Remove the stems from the figs. Add to a small saucepan with the orange juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the figs to a food processor or blender. Add ¼ of the orange juice from the pot. Blend into a thick fig jam.
Place the oats into a bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients except the fig jam. You may need to use your hands to get it mixed well.
It should hold together when pressed between your fingers. If it's crumbly add 1-2 tablespoons additional milk. Set aside ¾ cup of the batter. This will go on top of the bars.
Place the remaining batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and press down evenly to cover. Spread the fig jam on top.
Crumble the remaining dough over the fig jam and press down slightly. Bake for 22-24 minutes, remove from oven, and let cool completely in the pan.
When cooled, lift the bars out using the parchment paper and slice into bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or freeze in a zip top freezer bag for up to 3 months.
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