Fig and Orange Breakfast Bars

It’s a nice feeling to see your kids enjoying a food that’s good for them. Of course, it doesn’t happen often that Celine chooses to eat broccoli with glee, I can always count on her to eat an avocado and tomato salad with no fuss-and maybe even ask for more. JK. (( Since writing this, she has gleefully eaten broccoli and turned down her avo salad. KIDS! ))

Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding (one week down!) our day starts a lot sooner. As soon as Greyson is up, so am I! We’ve been heading straight to the kitchen to dish out two fig bars, one sippy with almond milk, and one cup of hot tea. It’s a quiet time when the sky is dark, Celine is still lazing around in bed, and Ryan is upstairs getting ready for the day.

So, here’s a part of our quiet morning in the shape of a deliciously figgy bar. I hope you enjoy. xx

This recipe is:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Low Sugar
  • Made with Coconut Sugar but you can easily sub maple or honey.
  • Made with Whole ingredients like Oats, Almonds, and Brown Rice (flours)
  • Packed with Fiber (as figs contain more fiber per serving than any other fruit)
  • Contains NO added oils.

Mama’s pour yourself a cup of hot herbal tea with a big slice and know I’m doing the same.

Inspired from this recipe at Sprouted Kitchen.

Fig and Orange Breakfast Bars

Fig and Orange Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

    Base
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond butter, raw
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar
  • zest and juice of half an orange,
    Filling
  • 2 cups dried figs, soaked in hot water for 1 hour or overnight in cold (RESERVE soaking liquid)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 cup fig soaking liquid
  • juice of half an orange (roughly 1/4 cup)
    To Top
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • orange zest (to garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ' F.
  2. Prepare a 9x9 square pan by lining the pan with two opposing sheets of parchment paper. One will cover the pan horizontally and one vertically. There should be parchment paper going up the sides of the pan so that you have 'handles' to grab when you pull the bars out of the oven.If the 'handles' are too long, trim them so they don't burn in the oven.
  3. Make the base. In a large bowl (or stand mixer with the paddle attachment) add all of the ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. You may have to use your hands to get everything mixed and combined evenly. Form dough into a log or ball and set aside.
  4. To make the filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add all of your ingredients and process until smooth. Some lumps are fine.
  5. Take a little less than 3/4 of the dough and crumble it into the bottom of your 9 x 9 pan. Spread it out evenly and use your hands, a pastry roller, or the back of a measuring cup to flatten the dough out evenly.
  6. Dump all of the fig filling on top of your dough base. Be careful not to disrupt the bottom layer and spread it out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Take your remaining dough and crumble it evenly over the top of your filling. Smaller crumbles make for better bites later on.
  8. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup of rolled oats and gently press everything to stick.
  9. Bake for 24-25 minutes. Don't let the bars go over or the topping will get too crunchy!
  10. Let the bars cool for 10 minutes in the pan before lifting them out with your 'handles' and set aside to cool for 30 minutes before garnishing with the orange zest and slicing and storing in a glass container in the fridge.
  11. Bars will keep for up to a week but are best the first day with a cup of hot tea or almond milk.

Notes

When purchasing your figs, the 'Black Mission' figs provide a better contrast in color between the brown base and filling. But if you can only find 'Brown Turkey' figs, that's great too! I just purchase mine from costco!

If you forgot to reserve the soaking liquid-no worries, just use water.

http://www.modeleatsblog.com/fig-and-orange-breakfast-bars/

p.s. thanks to my recipe testers for helping me out with this one. Avery and  Neeta– you sweet and talented humans you.

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