No-Bake Clean Fig Newton Bars
No-bake! My favorite for clean eats and treats. My mama is obsessed (no, really, obsessed) with fig newtons. They are her indulgent treat, which she exercises her will power when eating them, and has ONE. ONE?! I can easily knock back an entire sleeve. So I've prepared this recipe with caution.... and ate 2 bars while taking photos of the finished product.... I had a big old bag of figs in the pantry, so I thought I'd try and build mama tasty clean treat! Be warned, them be addicting.
These are quick to whip up, not too sweet, and makes you feel classy when you eat them; fig newtons are for proper folks, right?
Below, please check out the three step assembly, enjoy!
- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tbsp orange juice
40 figs, sliced thin
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup honey
1-2 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/2 cups oats
1 tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp minced ginger puree
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Begin with preparing the filling so it has time to cook down while you mix the crust and topping. Thinly slice your figs, and place them into a pot on the stove. Add remaining ingredients on medium heat. Stir often, and add water if the figs have not cooked down enough if the mixture begins to dry and clump together. It will take about 30 minutes to cook the figs down, add as much water as you need to get the finished texture like a thick (THICK!) jelly;1 -2 cups is just a guide. It should move with a spoon, but not be runny at all. While this is cooking down, build your crust and topping.
For the crust, in the bowl of your standing mixer, combine all ingredients and mix with paddle until dough forms and ingredients are fully mixed. You can hand mix easily as well if need be. Press crust firmly into an 8"x8" baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer.
HOT TIP: Did you know oat flour is just oats which you have blended to a powder? Don't buy anything fancy, toss them into the magic bullet, food processor or high powered blender and pulverize away.
If your figs are done cooking, remove from heat and allow to cool at least by half temperature. You don't want them to stiffen.
For your topping, combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl, stir well. Leave at room temperature.
Remove your crust from the freezer, and place the fig filling on top. Spread evenly with a spoon. Take your oat topping, and sprinkle evenly on top. Press lightly with fingers to make sure it sticks to the figs.
Place in freezer for 1 hour. Remove from freezer, and cut into squares. Keep in air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days (they won't last that long!).