FIGS! These little gems are pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I’ve been a little bit naughty lately and cheating on my go to healthy snack (Dates) with my new crush, figs. I might be slightly obsessed. I bought a huge Costco pack of organic no-sugar added dried figs and have been working my way through the bag faster than I’d like to admit. It’s not a Costco size bag of mini Snicker bars so its okay… right?
I knew I wanted to come up with something really tasty, but I also wanted it to be refined sugar free, gluten free and tasty. So I went to my internet gal pal Pinterest and started to look up recipes. It actually surprised me all the great things these little guys can be used for; anything from smoothies, salads, appetizers and so much more.
I decided to come up with my own dessert because I just love the sweetness they offer and I thought we needed a fiber packed after dinner sweet. So after messing around with what I had in the fridge, freezer and pantry I came up with these fig+berry coco bars.
These bars were super easy to make and without even trying I realized I made them totally vegan *pats’s self on back. I did however mean for them to be gluten free and refined sugar free so I chose Maple syrup as the sweetener and buckwheat flakes as the “flour”, you could use oats as different option.
Just posting the recipes makes my mouth water! so so good. The little gingers devoured them, these will be gone in less than 2 days guaranteed.
Probably the best thing is these are chock full of nutrients,they have calcium-rich almonds and heart-friendly pecans antioxidant rich berries… I mean how are these even a dessert?! So full of fibre after one square you won’t go looking for the next sweet fix. Without further adieu I give you:
//fig+berry coco bars//
Approximately: 10-12 bars
Time to Prepare: 20 minutes + Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
- 1 cup of buckwheat flakes (subsitute for oats or quinoa flakes)
- 1 cups of unsalted pecans
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds
- 1/2 cup of shredded organic coconut
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 13 dried figs
- 2 cups of frozen berries (i used raspberry,blueberry, strawberry blend)
- Hand full of frozen cherries (optional)
- 3 tbsp of hemp hearts (optional)
- Food processor
How to get it going:
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF
- Get out a pan or a glass casserole dish and place some parchment paper in the bottom. (I used a 8×8 size)
- In your food processor, blend the pecans and buckwheat oats until they are slightly ground.
- Now add the figs and the maple syrup and mix together.
- Place in bowl and stir in the ground almonds and shredded coconut.
- Take just over half of the mixture and press it into the bottom of the lined pan.
- Place in the oven for about 13 minutes.
- Take it out of the oven and cover with all the berries.
- Now add the rest of the processed mixture over the berries, press down on the berries.
- Sprinkle with extra shredded coconut and hemp hearts.
- Put them back in the oven for about 20-30 minutes depending on the oven.
Take it out and let it cool before slicing up in to squares.