No Bake Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Healthy Vanilla Fondant
I have never really been one for dried figs, dates, apricots, etc (hence the thick fondant layer), but for some reason I bought a bag of dried figs at the grocery store on impulse  (I really do hate impulse buys!).  I didn’t want to waste the figs so I knew I had to make something with them.  I have seen plenty of no-bake recipes that use dates as a binder, so I thought figs would be a great replacement.  Figs have a lower glycemic index than dates and they are higher in fiber.  Not to mention, figs are prettier… dried dates look like dead bugs.
So, getting off the topic of how ugly dates are, let’s talk about something much better:  these Figgy Oatmeal Bars!  They are very sweet, so I would categorize them as a “dessert” rather than a “snack” or “breakfast.”  Despite this, I am still eating them for breakfast…  A good breakfast means a good day, right?  ;)  A delicious breakfast that includes a thick frosting-ish topping just guarantees that you’re going to have a great day!  I mean, how else would you explain Arizona’s seventy-degree weather?  And my history class being cancelled yesterday?  And me finding an extra jar of peanut butter in the back of my closet?  More peanut butter?  Yeah, today’s a good day.

Healthy Fig Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant

Yield: 8-10 bars, depending on how you slice them

Ingredients

    Oatmeal Bars:
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • one 7oz package Dried Figs (about 1+1/4 cups)
  • 168g (1/2 cup) Brown Rice Syrup
  • 42g (3 tbs) Coconut Oil, liquid
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or more vanilla)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • Vanilla Fondant:
  • 62g (2 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 126g (6 tbs) Honey or Agave
  • 28g (2 tbs) Coconut Oil, liquid

Instructions

    For the Oatmeal Bars:
  1. Put the oats in a large bowl.
  2. In a powerful blender, add the figs, brown rice syrup, coconut oil and extracts, and blend until there are just a few chunks of figs. Pour over the oats and fold together. Let sit for an hour.
  3. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper and flatten the mixture out. Refrigerate while you make the fondant.
  4. For the Fondant:
  5. In a medium bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Stir with a metal spoon until it looks like a frosting.
  6. Scoop over the figgy oatmeal bars and spread with the metal spoon. It should not spread that well at first, so let it sit for a minute or two. Grab another metal spoon and use the back of it to spread the frosting out even more, until it reaches the edges of the pan. The layer should smoothen out now until it looks like the fondant in the pictures. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour, then slice into bars.

Notes

This recipe is: no bake, high fiber, gluten free!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/figgy-oatmeal-bars-with-vanilla-fondant/

No Bake Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Healthy Vanilla Fondant
As I said above, I’m not much for dried fruit.  That is why I blended the figs to bind the oats, and then topped the bars off with a sweet and delicious fondant.  The fondant was definitely the main focus in this recipe, so I paid less attention to how much I despise dried fruits and more on this healthy fondant!

No Bake Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Healthy Vanilla Fondant

The first bar I ate was on the day I made them.  The oats were a little firm, as they have not been cooked, similar to Chewy bars.  Nonetheless, these were still delicious.  The next day, the oats had softened a bit, but my oh my, on the third day, mmm, the bars were perfect!  I recommend storing the bars in the fridge and eating/serving on the third day.

I know, it’s tough.  Patience is a virtue.

No Bake Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Healthy Vanilla Fondant

PS:  The giveaway winners for the stevia extract giveaway are Richa and MyFudo

  
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Labels: Breakfast, Brown-Rice-Syrup, Coconut-Oil, Figs, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, Honey, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, No-Bake, Oats, Protein-Powder

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Comments (7)

  1. Josh Healy: November 26, 2011

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  2. MyFudo™: November 28, 2011

    Yey! Now I can start baking with Stevia Extract…Can’t wait to start working. Thanks a lot! ;)

  3. Kris | iheartwellness.com: November 29, 2011

    Ummmm, where have you been all my life?????? I need these NOW!! How friggin delish are these bars?? Tell me all, smell, taste and chew!

    xxoo
    Kris

  4. Jessica: November 29, 2011

    Kris- well, they smelled a lot figs and vanilla! They tasted like a decadent dessert. The chewy level is similar to that of a Clif bar, only this had a thick layer of rich frosting on top ;)

  5. Anonymous: February 29, 2012

    That fondant is the best thing ever. Thank you so much! :D

  6. Em: October 14, 2012

    That fondant looks amazing! I am curious what brand of protein powder you used. It’s not something I really use in my diet, so I am just curious if different brands matter or if I can just go and pick up the cheapest one!!

    I am really really impressed with your baking ingenuity and am super excited to try out some of your recipes!

  7. Jessica: October 14, 2012

    Thanks Em! I used whey protein, the cheapest (and best tasting) protein powder I use is Optimum Nutrition (http://astore.amazon.com/chockohlawtay-20/detail/B000GIURM2)… it tastes great and adds so much flavor to smoothies and my other no-bake treats. My friend recently bought the chocolate flavor and is in love with it. Hope this helped :)

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