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Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant

These no bake, and gluten free Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant are sweet enough to be dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast!

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.

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Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant

Servings: 10 bars
   

Ingredients

Base:

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • cups Dried Figs
  • cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 3 tbs Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or more vanilla extract)
  • ½ tsp Liquid Stevia Extract

Fondant:

Instructions

For the Base:

  • Put the oats in a large bowl.
  • In a blender, add the figs, brown rice syrup, melted coconut oil and extracts. Blend until there are just a few chunks of figs. Pour over the oats and fold together.
  • Line a brownie pan with parchment paper and flatten the mixture out.

For the Fondant:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together all of the ingredients. Scoop over the base and spread out with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then slice into bars.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bars, Blondies & Brownies

These no bake, and gluten free Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant are sweet enough to be dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast!

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!

These no bake, and gluten free Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant are sweet enough to be dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast!

These no bake, and gluten free Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant are sweet enough to be dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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9 comments on “Healthy Figgy Oatmeal Bars with Vanilla Fondant”

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

  3. 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 | Desserts With Benefits

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

  6. 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!

    • Thanks! I used whey protein, the cheapest (and best tasting) protein powder I use is Optimum Nutrition. 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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