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Fabulous Fig Bars


Recipe Notes

  • No dried figs? Use 3 cups chopped fresh figs. Omit the hot water and orange juice, but add 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (grate the outer colored part of the peel).
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Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 24 bars (about 2.5 x 2 inches)
Nutrition Facts: View Label


16 ounces dried figs, chopped
½ cup chopped walnuts
⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice (juice from 1/2 orange)
2 Tablespoons hot water
½ cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (try whole-wheat flour or a mix)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Combine figs, walnuts, sugar, orange juice and hot water in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix together margarine or butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix until smooth.
  5. Mix flour and baking soda. Stir into egg mixture. Blend in oats to make soft dough.
  6. Reserve 1 cup of dough for topping. With floured fingertips, press the remaining dough into a thin layer on the bottom of the baking pan.
  7. Spread fig mixture evenly over the dough. Crumble reserved dough over top, allowing fig mixture to show.
  8. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in baking pan. Cut into 24 bars (about 2½ x 2 inches).
  9. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


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!

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

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