I first made these “Skinny Fig Bars” last year when I was abstaining from all refined sugars/sweeteners. These bars are low in fat, not too sweet (they contain no refined sugar and very little agave), vegan, and delicious. At least, I think they are delicious. I shared them with a few of my friends. Some agreed with me, some thought they “needed sugar”. Ha.
I made the same recipe today and again, I’m going to share some with friends. When I make a dessert-type recipe without sugar I usually don’t tell my victims friends about the lack of sugar until after they try it. I like to see their faces when they find out something so delicious can be made without the white stuff. Of course, sometimes my approach backfires, but that’s life.
[If you want something a bit sweeter, more of a dessert bar than a "snack" bar, then try the recipe for Walnut Date Bars from this post. My daughter-in-law added the recipe to the comments section. They are very delicious but definitely sweeter. More like a cookie.]
The recipe for these Skinny Fig Bars comes from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen and you can find it here. (My batch made 16 bars. I did not use the icing because it contains sugar. They are good without the icing.)
I always like to gather all my ingredients before I start to cook/bake.
Place the figs, dates and almonds in the food processor and pulse into a thick paste. Add the lemon juice, water, agave, cinnamon and ginger and whirl away until it is well mixed. It should look something like this.
Set this mixture aside and make the crust. Take half of the crust mixture and pat into a greased 8-inch square pan.
Top this with the date-fig mixture. The remaining crust goes on top. Here’s what it looks like before going into the oven.
While it’s in the oven, clean up your mess. I’m a clean-as-I-go kinda gal so this mess wasn’t too bad.
After baking for 30 mins it comes out looking like this.
After cooling in the pan, the bars look like this just before eating!
Random Note: (This caught my eye today and I thought I’d share.)
Wednesday’s New York Times Dining section had an article about the inventor of the Microplane. Do you have one of these handy kitchen tools? I love mine and have two different sizes. I use them for grating lemons, cheeses (for my family members who still eat that stuff), nutmeg, chocolate, etc. All sorts of things, actually. Turns out, the inventor is a maker of woodworking tools and was “disappointed” to find they were being used in the kitchen. Don’t feel bad for him. He owns Grace Manufacturing which now employs 300 people. They still make woodworking tools but their kitchen line includes “more than 40 products including pizza cutters, herb mills, salt shavers and graters specifically designed to render chocolate ribbons.” [New York Times, Wednesday, January 12, 2011.] Chocolate ribbons! I want that.