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Gluten Free Fig Newtons #glutenfree #vegan

Gluten Free Vegan Wholesome Fig Newtons Bars

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 178 kcal
Author Tessa the Domestic Diva

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 3/4 pound dried figs stems removed and coarsely chopped (about 2 generous cups)
  • 2/3 cup water or more
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or stevia, honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest or grated lemon

Cookie Crust:

Instructions

Make the Filling:

  1. In a small saucepan, cook the filling ingredients over a low simmer for 10-20 minutes. Mash periodically, adding more water as necessary. I always seem to use a cup or more of water as my figs are very dry. You want the end moisture to be thick and moist like a thick jelly. Just keep mashing around until the pieces are mostly broken down. If you have kiddos averse to texture, you could puree the mixture in a food processor.

Make the Crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the chia meal and room temp milk. Add in the palm sugar and vanilla. While continually whisking, pour in the melted coconut oil.
  2. Sprinkle in the dry ingredients, in order.
  3. Using your whisk,lightly mix the dry ingredients before whisking more thoroughly into the wet. Stir until a wet dough is formed.

Assembly:

  1. Roll out one 8 x 8 square. Use at least one piece of parchment, and another piece of either a greased or floured piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Roll the dough out between the two sheets. This keeps the sticky dough away from your rolling pin.
  2. Remove the top piece, leaving the dough directly on the parchment.
  3. Lift the paper with the dough and place into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  4. Spread the filling evenly over the bottom crust.
  5. The top crust is trickier as you have to remove both pieces that you rolled between. Flouring generously each sheet helps with this. Flour or grease both pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper thoroughly. Roll the remaining dough out to apx an 8 x 8 square. Gently remove the top piece, and lift the remaining piece: invert on top of the filling. It does not have to look perfect!
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden. Let cool completely before cutting...if you can wait that long!
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Vegan Wholesome Fig Newtons Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.