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Raw Vegan Fig Bars

raw vegan fig bars

I really have no idea why but one of my earlier dates with Nick (like a week in, I think) was a Sunday trip to Costco to use his membership because nothing says “let’s just take this slow” like buying bulk items together. (Seriously though.) I selected an obscure array of things I didn’t even need–dried figs, a dozen air fresheners, like a gallon of almond butter–and decided this man was the greatest man on earth. So anyway, I’ve had this giant Costco-sized sack of dried figs sitting around since the summer and I decided it was high time I put them to good use.

So I made some raw vegan no sugar fig bars. HELLO.

I really think this is one of my most successful raw recipes yet. It was minimal on ingredients, easy to make and even easier to eat.

Raw Vegan Fig Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 dried figs, soaked in water at least 2 hours
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of one orange (I used a tangerine!)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Make the crust. In a food processor, combine cashews, shredded coconut, dates, first 2 tablespoons coconut oil, almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla. Process until a chunky dough forms.
  2. Line a loaf pan with cling wrap and press half of the crust mixture into the bottom. Reserve remaining half for the top layer.
  3. Make the fig filling. In a food processor (I didn’t even clean it out from the crust), combine soaked figs, vanilla, orange zest, coconut oil and water. Process until a thick fig past forms.
  4. Spread fig paste over bottom layer of crust.
  5. Top with the reserved half of crust and freeze to set. Cut into bars or squares. Store refrigerated.

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As a visual, here’s a look at your crust ingredients and how they come together pressed into the bottom of the pan after processing.

The addition of orange zest to the fig filling was an afterthought but it totally makes it. I think that fig paste could stand alone or as an addition to a cheese platter. It’s so good.

raw vegan fig bars

7 Comments

  1. Olivia Olivia

    Looks so good, I’m going to make them this week. Love figs. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, and this is my first comment because I love figs that much.

    • Katie Katie

      Haha! I love figs that much too. Thanks!

  2. I bought that huge bag of figs from Costco too!! In fact, I bought it while visiting home in Chicago and dragged it all the way back to NYC with me. That was at the end of January and the entire bag is now long gone 🙁 They were so delicious! My mom is flying in and bringing another bag so this recipe is going to be the first thing I make with them!

  3. Re: my last comment in your previous post. I am having major fig / no kitchen envy right now. I really want to make these and consume them.

  4. TaMo TaMo

    Figs are Wewo’s favorite thing in the world. I have purchased a couple of those large bags for him. I even thought of you when I purchased them.

  5. Alisa Alisa

    These look delicious! Do you have an online source for cheaper unsweetened coconut flakes? They are very pricy by me (I live in NYC, so lots of groceries are more expensive. Sadly Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry them).

    Btw, are you still doing Kayla Itsines’ program? Would love an update!

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