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14 Sep

In Season: Figs

Posted by Bikini Owner

fresh fig bars

Do you remember Fig Newtons? While undoubtedly delicious, they're a pretty miserable representation of real, actual fresh figs, which are decadent, sweet, and in season for such a short amount of time that we absolutely hoard them while they're ripe and ready.

If you're lucky enough to live in a climate where fig trees are plentiful, like California or the Mediterranean, you're probably no stranger to their succulent, juicy flavor. But if you need to be convinced to give these purple jewels a try, here's what you should do: Buy a pint at the market and try them very simply sliced atop a dome of creamy Greek yogurt, swirled with a bit of honey. See what we mean? Pure luxury.

Next thing to do is give this recipe for fresh fig bars a whirl: oaty and sweet, they make a gorgeous breakfast bite or act as a lovely accompaniment to your afternoon iced latte. 

FRESH FIG BARS

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

2 cups flour (I used 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)

1 cup organic sugar (I used Florida Crystals)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 tsp salt (pink salt for me)

1/2 cup warm water + 1 tsp flax seeds + 1 tsp chia seeds (stir briskly)

1 1/4 cups almond milk, vanilla or plain

1 large extra-ripe banana, mashed

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix (or just use cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger powder)

2-4 Tbsp softened virgin coconut oil (optional for richness + for greasing pan)

Fig mixture:

2 baskets fresh figs

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1/4 cup grapefruit juice + pinch of citrus zest (or sub with orange)

Topping:

1/3 cup raw walnuts, chopped

1 tsp oats

1 tsp organic sugar

Get the full recipe at Happy Healthy Life