Paleo Fig Bars

by danielle on November 15, 2012

First off I wanted to thank you for all your helpful comments yesterday on ways to get more greens and veggies. I want to share some of your tips today in case you missed out yesterday:

  • Michelle Suggests~Kale chips, massaged kale salads, or swiss chard with lemon juice, pepper, and pairing with fish
  • Lucie Suggests~ Spinach and Eggs
  • Allison Suggests~ A blend of sauteed spinach, bell peppers, onions, and chicken sausage
  • Linz Suggests~ Greens topped with nutritional yeast
  • Amanda Suggests~ Adding them in a salad or smoothie
  • Chelsea Suggests~ Massaged kale salad with olive oil and balsamic, frittatas, or stir fries
  • Kim Suggests~ Finely chopped spinach in scrambled eggs or omelets for breakfast or dinner
  • Kierston and Lisa Suggest~ Roasted veggies to bring out the flavor!
  • Laura Suggests~Blending them into a spicy soup or protein ice cream
  • …and so many more ideas. Thank you everyone for sharing!

Onto today’s recipe…

When I was younger Fig Newtons used to be a “healthier” dessert option! Since then I’ve learned better but still wanted to make a bar that had the fig filling! These bars are 100% paleo and may not taste exactly like a fig newton but still have a good fig filling!

Paleo Fig Bars

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup fresh figs
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat combine your 1/4 cup water and your figs chopped into small pieces.
  3. While your figs are cooking in a bowl combine your flours, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Next add in the vanilla, almond milk, oil, and eggs, mixing well.
  5. Pour half of your batter into a greased 8X8 baking pan.
  6. Put your figs into a blender and pulse until pureed.
  7. Spread your fig jam on top of the batter.
  8. Next layer the remaining batter on top of the fig layer.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Makes 20 Bars.

Paleo Fig Bars
Paleo Fig Bars

What’s your favorite classic cookie from your childhood??? 

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie November 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yummy! They look so good, I love figs! Will have to try them, though I need to find coconut flour, coconut sugar and xantham gum first…never heard of arrworoot powder before either :-) I loved the butterbisquits with chocolate in between, we call them ‘Chocoly’ here!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hahaha sorry for all the tough ingredients! Arrowroot powder comes from a plant and it’s a great gluten free baking swap!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

That’s it!!! Fig Newtons were my FAVORITE as a kid! But really, your pictures look like they’d be even better! Wow.

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Aww thanks so much Michelle!

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

these look WAY better than fig newtons!!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Aww thanks Linz!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I never really liked Fig Newtons as a kid, but I LOVE figs now! Do you think I could make these without the xanthan gum?

My favourite cookies from my childhood were my mom’s homemade chocolate chip ones. They were so perfectly chewy!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I never really liked them either but now I love figs too! You definitely could make them with the xanthan gum. Hope you like them!

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Sarah @ feeeding the brain and body November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

These look awesome! I have never baked with figs, but my family loves them so maybe I will for a change! It’s the perfect season for it! :)

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hope you like them Sarah!

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Hania November 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Must be delicious. I love figs, so… :)
Thank you :)

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Glad you do! Hope you enjoy them!

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Katie @wishandwhimsy November 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Holy Yum! I love fig bars!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Great :)

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Chelsa November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Oh yum, I was a total fig newton lover. I need to make a batch of these.

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Glad you are a fan of fig newtons! Hope you like them!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl November 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Yum! I love figs, but I’ve never baked with them. I need to change that! Favorite childhood cookie would have to be soft batch chocolate chip cookies that come in the red bag from Keebler. They also used to have a sugar lemon, which I loved, but they don’t make that variety anymore. Love the veggie tips!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I love anything with chocolate too so your choice is right up my alley!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Is it strange that I’ve never had a Fig Newton before? My mom made a lot of homemade cookies when I was growing up, but I think my favorite store bought ones were Oreos. Or maybe Teddy Grahams…

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Ahh loved teddy grahams totally forgot about those!

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Caitlin November 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Holy moly girl. You never cease to amaze me with your paleo creativity. These look so decadent and delish & I don’t even like your normal Fig Newtons!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

well glad you like these! Thanks Caitlin!

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corrie anne November 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

OREOS!! But I loved fig newtons too!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Glad to hear :)

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Lisa November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Oh yum!! I swear I say that about everything ha ha. But, these look superb!! I’ve still never tried figs before!! I really need to get on that before they go out of season! Looks like I know what is going on my next grocery list!

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Lisa! You have to try figs! I bet you would love them.

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Life's a Bowl November 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I was absolutely o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with Fig Newtons when I was younger! My momma would always throw one of those double packs into my lunch and I’d eat the edges off first and save the gooey goodness center for last- some people have ways of eating Oreo’s, but for me it was Figgy Netwons :P

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hahaha that’s too funny!

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Kristen@Change of Pace November 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I love fig newtons. My favorite cookie ever are chocolate chip oatmeal. Great veggie suggestions! :)

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danielle November 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I know I got some really great ideas from everyone’s comments yesterday!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

My favorite cookie from my childhood (and probably still is now) are peanut butter blossom cookies (a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate star or a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle)…so, so good!!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

My nana used to make those all the time too! Definitely a childhood favorite!

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Kierston November 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Love Peanut Butter Cookies!

Thanks for the link up! :)

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Of course! I love anything peanut butter too!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 16, 2012 at 5:36 am

Ooooh Fig Newtons! They hold a special place in my heart. In an effort to provide her children with “wholesome” treats, my mom used to pack these in our lunch boxes almost every day! I would lust over my friends’ Dunkaroos, and Twinkies, while I chomped away at my Newtons. In addition to the traditional fig, we’d also get the raspberry and strawberry versions. I bet those fillings would be fantastic is your much healthier take on this classic, too! These actually look really really good to me! And since I can no longer take a walk down memory lane with regular fig newtons (wheat!), I love that I have an even more delicious alternative! <3

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

haha too funny! My mom always used to try to get us to eat healthier too! I was always jealous of my friends lunches :) Now I thank her though!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

I totally meant to answer your question! My favorite cookies growing up were my mom’s chocolate chip oat bars. They’re actually still my favorite cookie, and my go-to recipe for parties!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

oh my stars… can you just move in next door and share?? ;)

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hahaha sure thing!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige November 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Uh, YUM! These look so delicious, Danielle.

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danielle November 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Paige!

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