Raw Fig Bars

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I remember my Mom buying fig newton cookies when we were kids! They had such lovely jam centers. Fig newtons are the first thing that I think of when I see a fig…and since I am still working through my Costco sized bag of figs, I was inspired to try and create a “raw” version of these. I based my recipe off of this terrific blog – http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/10/raw-fig-bars.html. They turned out great! Think date square…but with figs…and no margarine, flour or sugar…
Figs are a great source of potassium, fibre, and have the type of antioxidants that protects your heart and help prevent cancers!

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup wheat free quick oats
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut
1 heaping cup dried fruit (Dates, apricots and/or raisins)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Filling:
2 cups dried figs, soaked in water for 2-4 hours (keep the water!)
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon or juice (optional)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. To make the crust: process the dry ingredients in your food processor until you get really fine pieces – like flour. Add the dried fruit and coconut oil, process until crumbs are sticky. Press into a 9X9 pan. Save 1/4 of the crumbs for the topping.

2. To make the filling: blend the figs, juice, chia and salt in the food processor (no need to wash it), adding the soak water as needed to make it smooth but still quite thick. Spread this on the crust.

3. Sprinkle crumbs on top of the fig filling and press down a little. Refrigerate, cut and enjoy!

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