Healthy Homemade Fig Bar Recipe | no sugar added, gluten free, vegan

Healthy Homemade Fig Bars

What’s got a chewy, cakey cookie crust and a soft, sweet, and figgy filling?  These Healthy Homemade Fig Bars of course, made with Truvia® Natural Sweetener — my favorite zero-calorie, natural sweetener (it’s made from the stevia leaf)!

This easy Fig Bar recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar.

Who needs store-bought when you’ve got these thick and chewy slices of heaven?  No one.  That’s who.  Kids and adults alike will fall in love with these hearty, not-too-sweet, good-for-you treats!

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This easy Fig Newton recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar. Made with oat flour, dried figs, unsweetened applesauce, and a tad bit of coconut oil, these are chewy and perfectly sweet!

These gluten-free Fig Bars are actually very simple to make, despite looking like they took hours and hours to make.  After preparing the Fig Jam (and scooping a big spoonful into your mouth for…  quality assurance 😉 ) — all you need to do is mix and roll out the dough, spoon the jam on top, roll it into a log, slice, and bake!  Easy peasy figgy squeezy.

Right after baking, these Fig Bars are pretty firm.  But after spending a night in a sealed container, DANG MA, they’re super soft and chewy and TO. DIE. FOR.

This easy Fig Newton recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar. Made with oat flour, dried figs, unsweetened applesauce, and a tad bit of coconut oil, these are chewy and perfectly sweet!

This Fig Bar recipe is better than store-bought!  Best of all, you’d never know these large and hearty figgy slices are healthy, gluten free, and vegan, with no sugar added!

This easy Fig Newton recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar. Made with oat flour, dried figs, unsweetened applesauce, and a tad bit of coconut oil, these are chewy and perfectly sweet!

Easy DIY Fig Newtons (whole grain, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan)
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Healthy Homemade Fig Bars

Servings: 12 JUMBO Fig Bars
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

Homemade Fig Jam:

Fig Bars:

  • 240g (2 cups) Oat Flour
  • 3 tbs Truvia Spoonable
  • 1 tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 tbs Coconut Oil (melted; +1 tsp for brushing after baking)
  • tbs Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Homemade Fig Jam (recipe above)

Instructions

For the Homemade Fig Jam:

  • In a small saucepan (use a wide and shallow one, not a tall and narrow one), add the dried figs, Truvia, orange juice, and water.  Let soak for 1 hour.
  • Cover with a lid and place the saucepan over medium heat.  Keeping cover on, cook for ~20 minutes, or until the figs are super soft and can be easily mushed with a fork.  Let cool completely.
  • Blend in a high speed blender (I used my Vitamix) until a spreadable paste.

For the Fig Bars:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, Truvia, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, the melted 2 tbs of coconut oil, water, and vanilla extract.  Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir together until it forms a thick dough.  Roll the dough out between two silicone baking sheets until ¼” thick.  Slice into a large rectangle (about 8” x 18” long).
  • Spread the fig jam in a center line down the dough rectangle.
  • Fold the dough over the fig filling like a pamphlet.  Start by lifting one side of the silicone baking sheet, gently pressing on it so the dough sticks to the fig filling, then repeat on the other side.
  • Flip the Fig Bar “log” so the seam side is down, then slice.  Place the silicone baking sheet on a cookie sheet and space the Fig Bars apart a couple inches or so.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Take the pan out of the oven and brush the melted 1 tsp of coconut oil on top of the bars.  Let cool, then store in a tightly sealed container overnight so they can soften.  Enjoy the following day!

Recipe Notes

The Fig Jam recipe makes 2 cups (550g) total.  You need 1 cup to make the Fig Bars.
The Fig Bar recipe makes 12 Fig Bars.  They're LARGE!  One is probably equal to 2-3 store-bought Fig Newtons.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bars, Blondies & Brownies

[Step By Step Pictures] How to Make Homemade Fig Newtons - This easy Fig Newton recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar. Made with oat flour, dried figs, unsweetened applesauce, and a tad bit of coconut oil, these are chewy and perfectly sweet!

To make these gluten-free, I used a base of oat flour, bound together with a little bit of applesauce, coconut oil, and water, and lightly sweetened with Truvia.  To make the Homemade Fig Jam, all you need are 3 ingredients:  figs, orange juice, and Truvia!

I’ve been using Truvia for years now.  I think I first discovered it in college when I switched from those overly sweetened flavored yogurts to plain yogurt.  I missed the sweetness of the flavored yogurts, though, so I started adding a couple packets of Truvia to my plain yogurt and BOOM!  I found love  🙂

This easy Fig Newton recipe is 100% whole grain, gluten free, and vegan, with zero added sugar. Made with oat flour, dried figs, unsweetened applesauce, and a tad bit of coconut oil, these are chewy and perfectly sweet!

The ingredient list for these Healthy Homemade Fig Bars is way better than the store-bought version.  It’s about time this classic pantry staple has been made better!  No need for the added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or unnecessary ingredients here.  Every bite of these bars will bring you back to the old days  🙂

Enjoy!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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22 comments on “Healthy Homemade Fig Bars”

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  2. So I recently became the owner of 3 bags of figs thanks to an Instagram giveaway and I have to thank you for giving me inspiration with this recipe for something to make those figs with! I really like fig bars so this might be a fun experiment for me to try. Fingers crossed it goes well! I’ll let you know if I give it a go. 🙂 I really want to try it!

  3. Hi Jess, what’s the baking temperature for these? Thanks!

  4. Hi Jess, what’s the baking temperature on these? Thanks!

  5. Can you use fresh figs instead of dried? I have a fig tree in my backyard and would like to skip the drying process, if possible. Thank you.

  6. OMG! I have always loved fig bars. They are absolutely glorious. Your recipe looks EXACTLY like the real product, but the filling looks even more fresh and vibrant. I bet they taste sweeter and more delicious too!

  7. Hi! These look lovely and I was wondering how long these would last in an airtight container, maybe the fridge? Thanks in advance!💖

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  10. YUM!!! I’m going to have to try this recipe this weekend and get back to you. Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Are there possible substitute for Stevia with this recipe?

  12. What is the nutritional content? They
    Look delicious!

  13. Hi Jessica,
    I was in the process of making this with my daughter when my blender cracked while blending the jam!!!! So disappointed and will get to it another day; however, my blender’s motor sounded like it was going to burn out. Should I add a little water to my figs while blending? The water and oj had already evaporated by the time the figs cooled! I want to try again soon!

    • Oh no! I’ve had that happen to me before… my poor Magic Bullet died on me 🙁
      There should be a little bit of liquid left in the figs, so if it all evaporated I’d recommend adding a splash in the blender. You’re still aiming to make a paste by the end of blending though, so be careful not to add too much! Hope you have better luck with your next blender 🙂

  14. Hi! Would it be possible to substitute cassava flour for the oat flour as well as coconut sugar for the truvia?

    I LOVE FIG NEWTONS, so I’m really hoping so!

    Thanks,
    Samantha

    • Figured I would give an update:

      I made these today per your suggestion above I subbed & doubled the coconut sugar (2 tbsp / 6 tbsp) and I swapped the oat flour with 120g fine blanched almond flour and 120g cassava flour and they turned out AMAZING! Thanks for this recipe ♡ I love fig newtons but the only store brand I could ever find is gluten-free (not grain-free) and has canola oil so these were such an exciting find!!

      • YAYAYAY! I’m really happy you figured out a way to make this recipe to suit your needs! I really need to get my hands on some cassava flour because it sounds like it’s great to pair with almond flour.

        This makes me smile 🙂 glad you can finally have your fig newton fix… gluten free! <3

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