Vegan Fig bars-oil free and gluten free

Vegan Fig bars-oil free and gluten free

Fig season is here and I have been getting an excessive amount of figs from people I know and from picking wild figs. I have been using up my figs in these healthy fig bars. They are great for dessert, a snack, or breakfast. They only use whole food ingredients, no oil, and are vegan and gluten free.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (almond, peanut butter or others)
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup (divided)
  • 11-13 figs

Directions:

  1. Roughly chop the figs and add them and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to a small saucepan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat on the stove for about 10-12 minutes. Occasionally stir the mixture and mash figs. Keep cooking and mashing until the mixture is mostly smooth.
  2. While the figs are cooking, place the oats, oat flour, coconut, coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add in the applesauce, nut butter, and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Press about two-thirds of the oat mixture into a greased 8×10 inch pan. Spread out the fig mixture over the pressed oats. Add the remaining oat mixture on top.
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  5. Let cool and enjoy. If you want them to be more like bars and less gooey, refrigerate them overnight, then cut them into squares.

*Note: To make oat flour, place rolled oats into a food processor and process until fine.

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