Brown sugar sweetened, oat and wheat, crumble surrounds a delicious fig filling. These fig oat bars are the ultimate breakfast on the go or between meal snack.
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I used to make this recipe during my restaurant days with a raspberry filling. You can definitely switch the filling up for variety sake. I have made them in fig, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry. The crumble is so good I have eaten it alone.
fig oat bar ingredients
2 cups dried figs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar or your sweetener of choice
1 1/2 cups melted butter (3 sticks)
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups oat flour (ground up oats)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
Gluten Free conversion for crumble
Replace the wheat flour with 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup brown rice flour. Add an additional 3/4 cup of oat flour as well. Adding 1 tbsp of xanthan gum or 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed will help with binding. The gluten free version was more crumbly but it was sooooo good!
fig oat bar filling
This filling is made with dried figs, water and sugar. Super simple! Just put it all in a pan, bring to a boil and then let cool. Once it is cool (or warm if you are in a hurry) puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set this aside and make the crumble.
fig oat bar crumble
The crumble has whole wheat flour, rolled oats and oat flour, baking soda and salt. Sweetened with brown sugar and held together with melted butter. mmmm….
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then pour the butter in 1/2 a cup at a time until the mixture starts to clump together. I like to use my hands to make sure it gets mixed thoroughly.
Once the crumble is ready, prepare a 9x13x2 pan by brushing with butter (don’t forget the sides) and then lining with a piece of parchment so that edges overhang on the long sides (this makes it easier to lift out and cut the bars). Be sure to butter the parchment as well.
Pour 2/3 of the oat crumble mixture into the prepared pan and press down evenly. Spread the fig filling on top of the bottom layer. Top with the rest of the crumble, spreading out evenly.
baking fig oat bars
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until top is starting to brown and then let cool completely on a cooling rack.
Insert a knife or spatula along the sides to loosen and then lift from the dish with the parchment and place on a cutting board.
Cut to desired size bars. I usually do a 4 x 4 pattern ending up with 16 sort of rectangular bars.
These freeze well. After cutting, freeze on a pan. Once frozen store in a silicone freezer bag or wrap individually in parchment and then foil and stick in the freezer.
fig oat bars
- food processor
- big ol bowl to mix in
- sauce pan
- 2 cups dried figs
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar or your sweetener of choice
- 1 1/2 cups melted butter 3 sticks
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups oat flour ground up oats
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- put all filling ingredients into a saucepan stir togethercook on medium heat till mixture bubblestake pan off heat and set aside to cool
- once cool-ish (can still be warm, just be careful not to hurt yourself).. scoop filling ingredients into the bowl of a food processorprocess until filling is smooth, set aside
- in a large bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients including sugaronce incorporated, pour in butter and stir together until the mixture is all crumbly
- butter or oil a 9×13 pan and line with parchment paper so that part sticks up on the long edges.. this makes removal easier.
- put half of the crumble into the prepared dish and press down evenly to cover the bottom of dish
- spread the fig filling over the crumble base
- sprinkle the rest of the crumble on top of the fig filling, press in lightly just to make sure some is stuck in the filling
- bake in oven at 350 for 30-40 minsyou want the bars to be light golden brown
- remove from oven and let cool
- when cool, run a butter knife or spatula along short sides loosen.. use the sides of parchment to lift the bars out of the pan and place on a cutting board
- cut into 8-12 bars, depending on the size you prefer. Enjoy!
Give these a try with your choice of filling and have a whole grain snack anytime you need one. If you make them, tag me on Instagram @dezthebakist and show me!
If you like these Fig Oat Bars you would probably like my No Bake Bars as well.
Here are some items to help with this recipe…