Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fig and Oatmeal Bars

After running a 10k this morning, I decided to treat us to some tasty treats for maximum recovery!

Whole wheat pizza (Trader Joes pizza dough) with a roasted tomato sauce (from the freezer), prosciutto, spinach and goat cheese.

And of course something sweet!
Fig and Oatmeal Bars
14 oz. whole dried figs, stems removed
(about 2 ½ cups)
1 ¼  cups water
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups oats
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup millet
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
Place figs, water and vanilla in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes until tender. Place in food processor and pulse until smooth.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat together oil and eggs. Fold egg mixture into dry ingredients; mixture will be crumbly.
Line a 9x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving about an inch of foil hanging over edge (this will make removing bars from pan easy). Coat with cooking spray and press half of the crumble mixture evenly into pan for crust. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
Spread fig puree evenly over crust and top with remaining crumble mixture. Bake for an additional 15- 18 minutes until golden brown. Cool in pan for about 20 minutes; use foil to lift bars out of pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  Cut into 25 squares.

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