Home made bars using fresh figs is the adult cookie upgrade you need to make. They are absolutely gorgeous and taste stupendous.
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 flavour is all there, these are just significantly more impressive 😉
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 and Oat Bars
A home-made version of Fig Newtons
Servings: 12 squares
- 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
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
Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes
Process mixture until smooth
Set aside in fridge
Preheat oven to 350° F
Line 8-inch pan with parchment paper
Whisk together oats, flour, sugar and salt
Add in oil and eggs and mix until combined
Wet hands, and press half the mixture into the pan
Spread fig mixture on top
Crumple pieces of remaining dough on top as crumbs
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. Slice in squares
Freezes well. If stacking, place parchment paper between layers so filling doesn't tranfer