When you crave a different snack, this quick 5-ingredient Healthy Fig Bars recipe is perfect because these bars are super tasty, gluten-free, and easy to make.
We all need healthy, easy snacks around to ensure we don't succumb to easy-to-get trash food!
I love this fig bar recipe because it can be made any time of the year since it is made with dried ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.
These Vitamin C-packed homemade fig bars also make the perfect healthy snack and keep you full as they are rich in fiber and taste much better than store-bought fig bars.
This fantastic gluten-free homemade fig bars sweet snack is made with:
- Dried figs
- Raw almonds
- Dried fruit (your choice of cranberries or raisins)
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
See the recipe card for quantities.
This is how to make homemade fig bars. Start by immersing the dried figs in hot water to rehydrate them and soak them for 10 minutes.
Then drain the soaked dried figs and pour them together with the other ingredients in the food processor.
Blend and chop the fig paste until a soft dough forms with a sandy but malleable consistency, compacting without crumbling when you press it with your fingers.
You may need to open the food processor and scrape the fig paste with the help of a spatula.
Spread the fig paste into a prepared pan with parchment paper, a spatula, or a wooden spoon.
Then place a piece of parchment paper on top of the thick paste and gently press with your hands or glass, making a thin layer on the baking sheet.
Leave the baking sheet with the fig paste to compact in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Then cut the bars as you prefer.
Hint: use a rectangular or square baking sheet. Then place another piece of parchment paper on top, and use a glass to compact the fig mixture.
Use walnuts or pecans instead.
Use sultanas or raisins. They both work well.
You can use dried strawberries or dried apricots, following the same hydrating procedure used for the dried figs.
If using fresh figs, you can sub 5 ounces of dried figs with 13 whole fresh figs; more helpful fig conversions.
Here are some of the variations we have experimented with using this gluten-free fig bars recipe.
If you want to add more protein to these bars and make oatmeal fig bars, we suggest adding a cup of rolled oats.
Note: this fig recipe is naturally oil and gluten-free as it doesn't use wheat flour or any other ingredient containing gluten, but if you choose to add rolled oats, make sure to pick them GF, to keep them celiac disease friendly.
You can add ½ orange zest or lemon zest to give the bars an additional zesty flavoring.
Add one teaspoon of ground ginger to give the bars a spicy flavor twist. Ginger and figs pair beautifully in many recipes like jams and marmalade; this recipe is not the exception.
To make this quick recipe, you only need three things:
If you don't eat them right away, don't worry; fig preserves very well. Keep your homemade fig bars in an airtight container for a month.
However, they keep longer in the freezer: if you decide to freeze them, remember to leave them at room temperature for at least half an hour before consuming them.
✅ Health benefits of figs
The benefits of figs include relief from constipation, weight loss, respiratory problems, diabetes, and cholesterol. A diet rich in figs is believed to provide optimum health.
Figs are known for their numerous health benefits. The fruit of this plant has been popular since ancient times in the Mediterranean region and South Asia, where it originated.
These fruits are considered one of the healthiest fruits because they contain several vitamins and minerals essential nutrients for good health.
Figs also provide several phytonutrients and antioxidants which reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body and guard against conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.
Eat dried figs or fresh figs to benefit from all their health benefits. These homemade fig bars are a great way to easily include them in your diet.
🪧 Benefits of cranberries
The Health benefits of cranberries include their ability to fight urinary tract infections, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and prevent kidney stones.
Cranberries are a good source of fiber and antioxidants, making them an excellent fruit for overall health. Not only can you get cranberry juice from cranberries, but you can also try other recipes that include them as these homemade fig bars.
📚 More healthy snack recipes
We have some delicious recipes for sweet snacks and savory ones. You will surely love these healthy recipes; they are all gluten-free.
Also, try our new no-bake low-calorie protein balls made with only 3 ingredients.
If you try this Gluten-Free Fig Bars Recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Healthy Fig Bars Recipe (Gluten-Free, 5-ingredient, No-Bake)
- Start by immersing the dried figs in hot water to rehydrate them and soak them for at least 10 minutes.
- Then drain and pour them together with the other ingredients in the mixer.
- Blend until you reach a compound with a sandy but malleable consistency, compact without crumbling when you press it with your fingers.
- Spread the mixture into a rectangular or square baking dish. There is no correct or wrong size: if you use a small pan, the bars will be thicker, while if you opt for a wider one, they will be thinner.
- Leave to compact in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
- Then cut the bars as you prefer.
🌡️ Food safety
We sometimes take for granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience that the average visitor may not. Add to or remove the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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