Fig Bars for the Holiday

Recently I found a great magazine, Clean Eating.  In the November/December issue there was a recipe for Fig Squares.  They weren’t gluten free but were very easily adapted.  A perfect holiday bar cookie.

Fig Squares

8 oz dried figs
4 oz pitted dates
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Baking Spice Blend Mix
1/4 tsp pure maple extract

1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons organic dark brown sugar
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 to 2 tablespoons water or apple juice
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put the figs, dates, water and lemon juice in a medium size, microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute or until steaming.  Cover bowl with a plate and allow to stand while preparing crust.

Place the oats through salt into the bowl of a food processor.  Process lightly, add in applesauce and enough water of juice to make a moist, coarse paste.  Spray an 8×8 inch square pan with cooking spray.  Halve the crust mixture and with slightly dampened hands, press evenly into prepared pan.

Place the fig mixture into food processor bowl and process until smooth.  Stir in spice blend and extract.  Spoon mixture evenly over crust, evenly spread top with remaining crust mixture.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown.  

A delicious and healthy treat for the holiday cookie tray that is gluten free.

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