Fat Date Fig Bars

Yesterday was boxing day, also known as “be lazy day” in our family.
I did absolutely nothing. It was great. Well…I didn’t do ‘nothing’…I did do some baking and I made turkey stock from Christmas dinner’s turkey carcass.

I found a recipe called Skinny Fig Bars from FatFree Vegan Kitchen, I modified it to be my own and yum were they good!

Fat Date Fig Bars

The Goo:

1 cup dried figs
1.5 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger

Take the stems off the figs, and chop up the figs and dates. Place in a bowl and cover with boiling water, let stand with a lid over top for about 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and place in a food processor (I used my Magic Bullet). Blend with water until smooth. Add in honey, lemon juice and spices.

The Crust:

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup gluten free oats
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder (*see below)
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until a dough is formed. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased, eight-inch square cake pan (I used a 10 inch casserole dish). Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Top the fig mixture with the remaining crust mixture. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into the bars.

These turned out great! They were sweet and flavourful and the crust tasted like pastry. I found that I couldn’t really taste the dates as much as I could taste the figs, but still, they were really yummy. I will definitely be making these again!

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