Fig and Date Bars

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When is the last time you ate a fig?

Figs are low in calories and dried figs are an excellent source of minerals (calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium, and zinc), vitamins (A, E, K, and B-complex), and anti-oxidants (carotenes, lutein, tannins, and chlorogenic acid).

I bought a ring of dried figs the other day and decided to make a treat with them and some dates that I had left over from my last batch of brownies and chocolate nut bars.  These cookies are very moist and sweet.

I put some coconut butter frosting on half of them but to be honest I think it made them too sweet.  What I may recommend and do next time is make double the amount of crust and put a layer of crust on the bottom and top to make them more like the familiar Fig Newton’s that we use to eat (until we discovered how much sugar and other bad ingredients are in them).

Filling

8 oz (1 ring) of dried figs
4 oz of pitted dates
1/4 cup raw walnuts (or almonds)
1 tbsp. agave
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger

Crust

4 cups oats (regular or quick)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt
8 oz unsweetened applesauce (or 2 apples, cored, peeled and blended in high-speed blender or food processor)
4 tbsp. agave
water (as needed)

Frosting (if you like real sweet treats)

coconut butter
agave

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Snip off any stems on the figs and soak them in very hot or boiling water for 5 minutes.  Drain and put figs and dates in food processor.  Blend for a minute and then add the walnuts.  Blend until you get a coarse paste.  Add the agave, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger and process until mixed.

Try not to eat all of the filling while you are making the crust.

Place half of the oats in the food processor and blend until you get a fine flour.  Add the remaining oats, baking powder and salt and pulse to mix.  Put this mixture in a bowl and add the applesauce and agave.  Stir to a thick consistency.  Add water as needed but not too much, you want it to stick together like a crust.

Press all or half of the mixture into the bottom of an oiled, 8 in square pan.  Spread the filling on top and then the remaining crust if you didn’t put it all on the bottom.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before cutting or frosting.

If you want to frost them, just mix coconut butter with agave to taste and spread on top.

Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying :)

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