Either way, dried figs it is. And really, they are the ideal form of the fruit for this type of recipe. A fig's crunchy seeds combined with crisp quinoa and chia seeds make for a mouth crackling snack bar experience. Tongue twisting, I know.
figgy crunch bars
- 1 cup chopped dried figs
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
Trim and roughly chop the figs. Grind one cup of the rolled oats into a mealy flour, this will help the bars stick together. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl: chopped figs, ground and whole rolled oats, dry quinoa, and chia seeds. In a measuring cup or small bowl wisk together the maple syrup and coconut oil. Pour this over the dry ingredients and toss to coat completely.
Allow to cool at least 20 minutes before transferring and trying to slice-- they won't stick together if they are still warm! If they start to fall apart upon transfer to the cutting board.. Stop! Just let them cool for longer. They will still end up pretty crumbly, but that just means you get to taste test throughout the slicing process... yessss.
These are true granola bars, you can actually just save the crumbs to top your smoothies or yogurt for breakfast! 😆