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Fabulous Fig Bars

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Depending on their skills, show kids how to:

  • Measure ingredients
  • Crack and beat egg
  • Crumble topping into fruit


16 ounces
stemmed, chopped dried figs
1⁄2 cup
chopped walnuts
1⁄3 cup
1⁄4 cup
orange juice (juice from 1/2 orange)
2 Tablespoons
hot water
1⁄2 cup
margarine or butter, softened
1 cup
packed brown sugar
large egg
1 1⁄2 cups
all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon
baking soda
1 1⁄4 cups
old fashioned rolled oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray or oil a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine figs, walnuts, sugar, orange juice and hot water in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix together margarine and brown sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix flour and baking soda. Stir into egg mixture. Blend in oats to make soft dough.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of dough for topping. With floured fingertips, press the remaining dough into a thin layer on the bottom of baking pan.
  6. Spread fig mixture evenly over the dough. Crumble reserved dough over top, allowing fig mixture to show.
  7. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in baking pan. Cut into 24 bars (about 2.5 x 2 inches).
Photo of Fabulous Fig Bars
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 24 bars (about 2.5 x 2 inches)
Nutrition Facts: View Label
Last updated: 08/05/20

4 Comments for "Fabulous Fig Bars"

Question,  I have a lot of fresh green figs, can I use these in place of dried?  How do I measure with fresh.  Thank you

Hi, thanks for your question! We haven't tested this recipe with fresh figs, but that would be a great idea since the season is upon us now. My suggestions would be to start with 3 cups chopped fresh figs, omit the hot water and orange juice since they are not needed to soften the dried figs and add some orange or lemon zest (1/2 teaspoon). We will give this a try soon, but please share if you decide to try yourself first.

Food Hero Team

FoodHero team. Thank you for the suggestion. I wasn’t sure what to do with the crop

These bars are fabulous! I love figs and will definitely make them again. Other recipes for fig bars have looked too involved, but this recipe is super simpleto make. Next time I will try them with whole wheat flour and a tad less sugar because the figs were pretty sweet on their own. Thanks!