Fig Chia Oat Bars: All the Good Stuff with Just the Right Amount of Naughty

I’ve been destroying the kitchen again… I have sampled so many Fig Chia Oat Bars this week I’ve started to dream about them. But on the plus side, I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed the recipe. The whole household is loving these snack bars – well George is only 50% on board, but Arthur’s been eating his share so everyone’s a winner. We’ve got to the stage with the Twins that they are insistent on eating totally different diets. George likes peas, Arthur likes beans, so I end up cooking both. Arthur likes a banana for breakfast, George likes peanut butter. Will they eat what the other likes… no. Identical on the outside, totally unique on the inside… frankly, it’s bonkers.
 
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Anyways, back to the Fig Chia Oat Bars… I wanted to create some kind of snack bar I could keep in my bag for days out with the Twins. Shop bought bars have not gone down well overall, and when you’re buying for big sister’s lunch box too, the good ones get really expensive. I considered going super healthy and savory, but when you look at the ingredients on a yummy Clif Bar, you soon realize all that deliciousness comes with a decent amount of sweetness. I then starting thinking about the traditional English Flap Jack… Oats bundled up in a naughty amount of golden syrup. So, we’ve ended up somewhere in-between, with lots of goodness from the figs, chai seed and rolled oats, but with just the right about of butter and sweet stuff to make them delicious. Enjoy!

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Fig Chia Oat Bars
Yields 10
All the goodness of oats, chia and figs with a little naughtiness holding it all together. Delicious snack bars the whole family will enjoy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup brown sugar
  3. ½ cup water
  4. 4 tbs maple syrup
  5. 1 cup dried figs
  6. 3 cups rolled oats
  7. ½ cup all purpose flour
  8. ½ tsp baking soda
  9. ½ tsp salt
  10. 2 tbs chia seeds
  11. 1 tbs lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and mix in the sugar, water and maple syrup. Finely chop the figs and add to the pan.
  3. Simmer the mix for 3-5 minutes until it's dark in color, and slightly thickened.
  4. Add the oats, flour, baking soda and salt to a large mixing bowl. Pour over the sugar/butter mix and stop until the oats are fully coated.
  5. Add the lemon juice and chia seed and mix.
  6. Grease and line an 8" square tin and add the mixture. Press down to fill the pan, and compress a little to reduce crumbling.
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins until it starts to go golden.
  8. Cool in the pan before removing and cutting into bars.
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Although I’ve listed a square tin, if you have an 8″ rectangular loaf tin, even better. I split the mix into two and baked in a loaf tin, because the width of the tin is the perfect length for one bar (4″). That way, I easily cut into 6 bars with minimal crumbling!

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I hope all the family enjoy the Fig Chia Oat Bars. My daughter is growing fast at the moment, as is constantly hungry. Oats are perfect for her morning snack because they are slow burning, and she’s not a fan of porridge. She calls them ‘homemade granola bars’, but I think they have to have nuts in them to qualify as granola? What the heck, stick some almonds in there and see what happens…

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