New American Plate Challenge

Almond Fig Bars

Weekly Recipe
Serves 16

Make these energy-boosting fig bars that offers calcium and fiber.  Naturally sweet figs and unsweetened applesauce are a great alternative to processed sugar.


  • Canola oil spray
  • 3/4 Cups
    whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
    baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1/4 Cup
  • 1/4 Cup
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons
    canola oil
  • 1 Teaspoon
    almond extract
  • 1 Teaspoon
    orange zest
  • 2/3 Cups
    chopped dried figs
  • 1/3 Cup
    chopped toasted almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with canola oil spray.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the egg, honey, applesauce, canola oil, almond extract and orange zest. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until mixed. Stir in the figs and toasted almonds. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake about 25 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bars in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into sixteen 2-inch squares. Store in a tightly covered container for two to three days.

Nutrition: Per serving: 90 calories, 3 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 80 mg sodium.


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