Snacks

Gluten Free Fig Newtons

Gluten Free Fig Newtons will bring you right back to child hood with this nostalgic snack! These bite sized bars are soft, chewy and filled with a zesty, sweet fig jam filling that are perfect for work and school lunches!

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four Gluten Free Fig Newtons stacked on top of one another

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Gluten Free Fig Newtons come together in less than 45 minutes.
  • Are chewy, sweet and delicious.
  • Each bite is filled with a sweet and orange zesty fig jam.
  • Fig are filled with fiber and are incredibly nutritious.
  • Refined sugar free!
  • As written, this recipe is vegan, dairy free, plant-based, grain free and gluten free.
  • A great way to use up any oat or almond flour that you have lying around.
  • This recipe is part of my nostalgic series and it’s one of my favorites!
  • Be sure to check out my homemade snickers bars or homemade twix bars for some more childhood favorites!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Gluten Free Fig Newtons. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The crust of these fig newton bars are made with a blend of oat flour and almond flour. Both of these are grain and gluten free. I have not tested this recipe with any other flour substitutes.

A touch of cinnamon adds a lovely flavor.

Baking powder will help these fig bars rise and have a nice fluffy texture.

Salt helps balance out all the flavors.

Coconut sugar is an unrefined sweetener that I love using in my recipes. Alternatively, you can use cane sugar, brown sugar, monk fruit sweetener, or just leave it out all together.

Coconut oil is going to help add texture to these fig bars, you can use any type of oil such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or butter. To keep this recipe vegan, be sure to use a vegan butter.

Use a plant-based yogurt to make the dough, if you aren’t vegan you can substitute for greek yogurt or any other preferred yogurt. Stick to plain or vanilla flavored for best results.

The filling is made with dried black mission figs. You must use dried figs, using fresh figs will result in a soggy bar.

Orange zest adds a ton of flavor to the filling and really brightens it up. You can omit or sub for your favorite zest instead, I recommend lemon as the best alternative.

all the ingredients that you need to make these healthy fig newton bars in individual containers.

How To Make

ONE: Start by making the filling, in a food processor add in the dried figs, orange zest, coconut sugar, and salt. Blend for 1 minute until figs are broken down, then add in water and continue blending for an additional minute or so.

TWO: Next, make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and coconut sugar. Mix with a whisk until ingredients are well incorporated. 

oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and coconut sugar added to a large mixing bowl.

THREE: Add in yogurt and oil next and mix with a spatula until a dough is formed. Roll this dough into a large ball and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Roll it out until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Then, add in the fig filling to the center and using your fingers spread evenly.

FOUR: Fold both sides inward to create a log, then flip it upside down so the seam side is facing down. Cut the log in half lengthwise and use your fingers to mend the edges. Then, cut into individual bite sized pieces.

FIVE: Spread evenly across the baking sheet and then bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely before serving.

Tips And Tricks

Must use dried figs, using fresh figs will result in a soggy bar.

Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to manipulate the dough. If it cracks or breaks, just mend it back together again.

Follow step-by-step recipe photos for best results!

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Gluten Free Fig Newtons in the morning as a breakfast bar, along side a yogurt bowl, or as an afternoon snack with an orange or apple.

Store in an airtight container on the counter and enjoy within 4-5 days.

a hand holding a fig bar.

Taste And Texture

These Healthier Fig Newton Bars taste just like the real deal! They have a chewy exterior and a sweet zesty orange fig filling.

The texture is soft and chewy!

a plate full of fig bars with a bite taken out of one of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a gluten free flour blend instead of the oat and almond flour?

I have not tested this recipe with any other flour substitues than the ones listed above and below.

Are these considered healthy?

YES! This recipe is made with only wholesome and whole food ingredients!

Are Figs good for when you are constipated?

YUP! Figs are naturally high in fiber making them a great addition to your daily routine.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Gluten Free Fig Newtons

Gluten Free Fig Newtons will bring you right back to child hood with this nostalgic snack! These bite sized bars are soft, chewy and filled with a zesty, sweet fig jam filling that are perfect for work and school lunches for the perfect mid afternoon snack!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
15 minutes
COOK TIME:
20 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
35 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

DOUGH

  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup vegan yogurt

FIG FILLING

  • 1 cup dried black mission figs
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tsp water 

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

15 Bars

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Start by making the filling, in a food processor add in the dried figs, orange zest, coconut sugar, and salt. Blend for 1 minute until figs are broken down, then add in water and continue blending for an additional minute or so. 
  3. Next, make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine oat flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and coconut sugar. Mix with a whisk until ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Add in yogurt and oil next and mix with a spatula until a dough is formed. Roll this dough into a large ball and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Roll it out until it's about 1/4" thick. 
  5. Then, add in the fig filling to the center and use your fingers spread it evenly. 
  6. Fold both sides inward to create a log, then flip it upside down so the seam side is facing down. 
  7. Cut the log in half lengthwise and use your fingers to mend the edges. 
  8. Then, cut into individual bite sized pieces. Spread evenly across the baking sheet and then bake for 20 minutes. 
  9. Remove and let cool completely before serving. 

Notes

  • Must use dried figs, using fresh figs will result in a soggy bar.
  • Don't be afraid to use your fingers to manipulate the dough. If it cracks or breaks, just mend it back together again.
  • Follow step-by-step recipe photos for best results!

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