Oatmeal Fig Bars

During a busy week, it is all about breakfast on the go. I get really cranky if I don’t eat in the morning but sometimes there is no time to sit down for breakfast. You know what I mean? My go to breakfast on the go is usually a granola bar or energy bar of some sort. This week I decided to make my own homemade oatmeal fig bars! I was inspired by the jar of fig jam I had sitting in the pantry, looking all sad and unused. First, I set about making the easy dough. It was the same method as making an oatmeal cookie dough!

I used oat flour and wheat germ in the dough for these oatmeal fig bars to give them some substance. Old fashioned oats gave it loads of texture. Brown butter, dark brown sugar and cinnamon gave the dough fantastic flavor!
I used oat flour and wheat germ in the dough for these oatmeal fig bars to give them some substance. Old fashioned oats gave it loads of texture. Brown butter, dark brown sugar and cinnamon gave the dough fantastic flavor! It all came together easily.
I pressed half of the dough out into my greased 9 x 13 pan to be a thin bottom layer. Then that poor, lonely jar of fig jam was spread out in a thin layer on top of the bottom layer. The rest of the dough was sprinkled evenly on top of the fig jam. That was all there was to assembling these amazing oatmeal fig bars!
I pressed half of the dough out into my greased 9 x 13 pan to be a thin bottom layer. Then that poor, lonely jar of fig jam was spread out in a thin layer on top of the bottom layer. The rest of the dough was sprinkled evenly on top of the fig jam. That was all there was to assembling these amazing oatmeal fig bars!
The oatmeal fig bars just needed to bake for 35 to 40 minutes to get baked through. The edges became slightly crispy and the house smelled so good! They needed to cool completely before I cut them into 16 smallish squares. If they were still warm, they would have fallen apart a little.
The tray just needed to bake for 35 to 40 minutes to get baked through. The edges became slightly crispy and the house smelled so good! They needed to cool completely before I cut them into 16 smallish squares. If they were still warm, they would have fallen apart a little.
Oatmeal Fig Bars
Oh my goodness, when I tried these babies I was so happy. They were gooey, substantial, sweet and everything I wanted in a breakfast bar or snack. I say snack because I may or may not have snuck one in as a midnight snack. Hope you all enjoy these oatmeal fig bars as much as I did! xoxo
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Oatmeal Fig Bars
Oatmeal Fig Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

These oatmeal fig bars are such an amazing breakfast or snack! They are cut into convenient squares to easily take on the go.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oatmeal, Oatmeal Fig Bars
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 272 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 jar fig jam 11 ounce size
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and liberally grease a 9 x 13 pan with softened butter or shortening. Put the butter into a sauce pan and heat it over medium heat. Let it bubble and cook for 3-5 minutes just until it becomes brown. Set it aside to cool. Combine the oat flour, oats, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk it all together to aerate those dry ingredients and set them aside.
  2. Set up a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Combine the brown sugar and cooled brown butter in its bowl and beat them together until fluffy. Add the vanilla next, followed by the egg, letting them get mixed in. Then turn the speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients until you have a sticky dough. Divide the dough in half and press the first half into the bottom of the pan evenly to form a thin bottom layer. Spoon the fig jam over the bottom layer and spread it out to become an even second layer. Take the second half of dough and crumble it in an even layer on top of the fig jam.
  3. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the dough is completely baked through and almost crispy around the edges. Let the bars completely cool for at least an hour. Then cut and serve immediately!
Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Fig Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.5g19%
Saturated Fat 7.5g47%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 337mg15%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 39.6g13%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugar 32.8g36%
Protein 1.9g4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Oatmeal Fig Bars
Oatmeal Fig Bars

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12 thoughts on “Oatmeal Fig Bars”

  1. These look delicious! I love baking with oats and literally just bought a huge tub of them so I’ve been looking for recipes! Definitely trying this one 🙂

  2. I’ve never used figs in cooking before, but I love how they taste. These look delicious and would make a great snack for me to have at work because I don’t like to eat a big breakfast.

  3. I used a 15 oz jar of gingered fig jam (on hand) with this recipe. It is a winner and worth making again. I am gluten free so used gluten free whole oats and made my own oat flour in the Ninja. I did use the wheat germ because I wanted to test the recipe as closely as possible. To stay totally gluten free, next time, I might use some finely chopped walnuts for the texture, or just a few more whole oats.

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