So these last couple of weeks have been crazy! Full of mini trips and vacations and getting into the swing of my summer schedule. I HAVE had time to create many recipes, but NO time to actually post them….This recipe I actually made a month ago and finally I am posting it. So get excited for 2 more recipes coming soon after this because I still haven’t posted them LOL.
This recipe totally brings me back to my childhood. I remember growing up and my mom would always pack fig newtons as a snack for me for school. I LOVED them!
This isn’t exactly the same as fig newtons, as I wanted to create more of a bar and less soft of a dough. But I assure you they taste amazing!
Whats even better is this recipe is so much healthier then the original fig newton recipe. Its oil-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan!
You might think, wait I thought regular fig newtons were vegan? Unfortunately most refined sugars is refined through animal bone char….gross right? Well I promise this recipe isn’t!
Vegan Fig Bars | Oil-free & Healthy
By: healthienut Makes: 8 bars
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp flax seed meal
- Dash of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp agave
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 7 oz dried figs
- 1-2 tsp agave (depending on your sweet tooth)
- 1 tbsp water
- Whisk all dry ingredients together for dough mixture into a large bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients in small bowl.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Combine with a wooden spoon. You will have to eventually combine with hands once it gets more doughy. You will be looking for a slightly sticky dough.
- Shape the dough into a mound, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour (This helps the dough to work better when rolling it out).
- While the dough is refrigerating, start making the fig paste. In a food processor, mix together all the ingredients for the fig paste until it sticks together. It will start to roll into a ball.
- To roll out the dough, place it in the middle of two pieces of parchment paper. (Pictures above) Roll out the dough into an oval, about 1/2 inch thick. Remove the parchment paper.
- Place the fig mixture (you will only use about 3/4 of it) in the middle of the oval (pictures above).
- Fold over the sides of the dough and make sure the ends are secure, almost like a burrito. I cut off a bit of the dough so there wasn’t too much (pictures above). Cut off the messy ends.
- Bake for 25-30 min. until golden brown. Set out for 10-15 min. to cool before cutting into squares.
*You will likely have fig mixture left over. I love using the fig paste on top of toast or to use in replace of jam, yum!
*Pictures on how to roll out the fig bars are up above!