Gluten Free Fig Newtons
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
I have not tested this recipe with any other flour substitues than the ones listed above and below.
YES! This recipe is made with only wholesome and whole food ingredients!
YUP! Figs are naturally high in fiber making them a great addition to your daily routine.
Other Recipes You May Like
- Homemade Nutella
- Healthier Twix Bars
- Vegan Gluten Free Snickers
- Cosmic Brownies
- Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts
- Ferrero Rocher
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