Figs, to me, are a special occasion fruit. Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashana, it’s a fruit I look forward to each year. (Figs are in season June to September). The tang of the skin, the sweet and creamy flesh combined with those crunchy seeds is a sensation like no other fruit! 

Figs are a good source of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6, copper, manganeese and pantothenic acid, and have many health benefits associated with eating them. 



With some extra figs this year, I decided to create these oat squares to kinda-sorta-not-really-at-all mimic those fave cookies; Fig Newtons.

The  fig jam filling is naturally sweet and tart (plus that great crunch!), and you may want to make extra for straight eating, because it is that good. 






Fig & Oat Bars

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh figs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. On stove top, bring figs, water and lemon juice to a boil, and allow to simmer until mixture starts to thicken, about 5-10 minutes
  2. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes
  3. Process mixture until smooth
  4. Set aside in fridge
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F
  6. Line 8-inch pan with parchment paper
  7. Whisk together oats, flour, sugar and salt
  8. Add in oil and eggs and mix until combined
  9. Wet hands, and press half the mixture into the pan
  10. Spread fig mixture on top
  11. Crumple pieces of remaining dough on top as crumbs
  12. Bake for , remove from oven to cool.

Yield: 12 squares.