Fig and Walnut Bars

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What do you get when you toast some walnuts and blend up figs with honey and lemon juice?

An amped up fig newton! It's healthy!

The photos at A Full Measure of Happiness do this recipe much better justice, so check it out.

I followed the recipe just as its written over there, only thing I did differently was blend the fig filling in my Vita-mix, since I don't have a food processor. 

Fig and Walnut Bars
{from A Full Measure of Happiness
for the filling:
  • 8 oz dried figs, stems removed and cut into quarters {about one cup}
  • 1 T Lyle’s golden syrup (or honey)
  • 2 T water
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
for the crust:
  • 1 C whole-wheat flour
  • 1 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 T apple butter (or applesauce)
  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flaxseed in 3 T warm water)
  • 2 T Lyle’s golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1 C toasted walnuts, for the top
So -- combine all those filling ingredients and blend them up almost smooth. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a square 9" pan.

Combine dry crust ingredients, then combine wet {applesauce, flax egg, honey} and add to the dry. Toast the walnuts for 5-7 minutes in hot oven.

Now spread out about 3/4 of the crust into the greased pan {kinda tricky, because it would rather stick to your fingers than the pan}, follow it by spreading the filling on top, then drop dots of crust on top of that and spread them out {really, you should look at the process pictures, they helped me}. Sprinkle walnuts on top and press down into mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Do you love figs as much as I do?? Just look at those seedy beauties.