These fig bars made from scratch are the perfect on-the-go snack ideal for those summer road trips. These vegan fig bars are soft, sweet, and contain simple ingredients.
Combine flaxseed meal and water. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, brown sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt. Add flax egg, melted vegan butter, and vanilla extract. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine until a soft dough forms. It will be slightly sticky, but malleable enough to form into a ball. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
While the dough rests, make the filling. In a food processor, combine soaked and drained figs, maple syrup, orange zest, and orange juice. Process until a thick paste forms. Transfer to a glass jar or container and refrigerate until the dough is done resting.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 7x9.5” rectangle. Spread out enough fig paste to cover the centerline of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling like a pamphlet.
Place dough seam side down onto the baking sheet. Bake for 23-25 min. or until slightly golden brown. Cool for 15 min. before cutting into six 1.5” bars. Store bars in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Substitutions: I have not tested this recipe with any substitutions. However, a gluten-free all-purpose blend may be substituted for the all-purpose flour. Additionally, coconut sugar can be used in replace of brown sugar.
Storage: Store bars in an airtight container for up to 1 week.