The luckiest and happiest farmers market day happened this Sunday when I scored 2kg of incredibly beautiful, very ripe figs for just $4!! I will let that sit with you. 2kg. Of figs. $4.
I scored such an amazing deal because apparently the figs were too ripe. Too ripe?! In my eyes they were simply too beautiful and too perfect. So as you can imagine I got greedy and took them all home with me for some quality Sunday baking time.
One hour of concocting recipes and 2 pots of tea later, I rolled up my sleeves and made these breakfast bars. They are sweetened only with figs. Fresh, ripe, juicy, fleshy, soft, jammy figs. The crust is crumbly and crunchy, the layer of jam is just too perfect and the baked figs on top … well…figs…words cannot even.
Now, these bars are all about the figs. The figs on top and the fig jam layer. Raw, vegan, free of processed sugars and other nasties, and definitely something you can make at home. You can simply puree figs and mix them with chia seeds to make a jam. Or you can add a bit of this and a bit of that to infuse that jam with beautiful flavors and make it even more irresistible. If you feel like eating a couple of tablespoons of that jam straight from the bowl, you know, for quality control purposes, go right ahead. I might have (ahem) done something similar.
Walnut fig oat bars
Ingredients for oat bars
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 TBSP fresh thyme
- pinch sea salt flakes
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 TBSP fig jam (recipe below)
- 4 fresh figs, sliced in 4
- big handful of chopped walnuts
Vanilla and balsamic fig jam
- seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- 2.5 cups of soft, ripe, fresh figs
- 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 2 TBSP chia seeds
- First things first, we make the jam. Add the figs to the blender with the vanilla seeds and puree them.
- Scoop into a bowl and mix in the balsamic vinegar and the chia seeds.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven at 190C and line a pan with baking paper.
- Add the oats, hemp, chia, thyme, sea salt, water and 3 TBSP fig jam to a bowl and mix everything together well until you get a sticky, crumbly dough.
- Spread the crust in the pan.
- Spread the rest of the jam on top of the crust.
- Arrange the fig slices on top of the jam layer, spread the crumbled walnuts and place the pan in the oven.
- Bake the bars for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, cover the pan with al foil and bake for another 10 minutes covered.
- Remove the al foil and bake for a final 2 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool before taking it out.
- Once cool, take it out of the pan, cut into 16 slices and enjoy.
- This is best kept in the fridge if you wish to store it for few days.