Fantastic Fiber Fig Bars

We don’t hear too much about fiber these days and most of us don’t even think about it unless we have a stomach ache. The truth is though that fiber is good for so many more things than just helping to clean out the ol’ pipes (although that is one really good benefit as well).

Some of the reported benefits of fiber are heart health, a reduced risk of stroke, stabilizing blood sugar levels, helps keep skin healthy, keeps energy up and helps with weight loss. Who knew right?!

Not only are figs rich in fiber but they are also low in sugar and calories, help stabilize blood sugar, suppress appetite and they taste delicious.

With all this in mind we made up some fig bars and they are fantastic! The taste is great and they work well for a quick breakfast, snack or post workout boost.

This is not a super sweet bar. We think it tastes great as is but if you want it a little sweeter add a couple of tablespoons of honey or stevia to taste in the filling.

The topping is optional but it’s a really fun twist if you want to whip it up quick.

Crust:

½ cup butter

½ cup coconut oil

2 cups whole wheat flour

¼ cup honey

¼ cup oats

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or a large mixing bowl. Press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350º for 25- 20 minutes. You don’t want it completely cooked because it will cook again with the filling.

Filling:

1 cup cashews

3 cups figs

1 Tbs. vanilla

water for soaking

Combine figs and cashews in a large bowl and cover with water. Allow to sit at least four hours or overnight. Drain and add vanilla. Place in a food possessor and blend until smooth. Spread on top of crust. If you want the optional topping sprinkle on top, if not skip topping. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes.

Optional Topping:

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup chopped nuts

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup coconut

½ cup butter softened

Mix all ingredients together and crumble on top of fig bars. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes.

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