These chocolate covered fig bars are a healthy candy bar alternative. They have a fig and hazelnut filling and are coated in dark chocolate. These bars are paleo, vegan and don't require any baking - an easy fig dessert recipe.
Fresh figs may be in season, but dried figs are available year round. And truthfully, I prefer baking with dried figs.
Also, using fruit as a sweetener, like in these vegan fig bars, is great for making desserts healthier. Fruit really is nature's candy!
These chocolate covered fig bars have a chewy filling made with dried figs and hazelnuts and a rich, dark chocolate coating.
They're an excellent candy bar alternative. And my kids even gave these Turkish fig bars their full approval (and that's saying something since they don't like figs).
Why You'll Love these Chocolate Fig Bars
You're not going to find a more nutritious fig bar recipe than this one. What makes these healthy?
- paleo and vegan - made with simple, real food ingredients
- gluten free and grain free - no wheat or flour
- dairy free and egg free
- no bake
- easy to make
Unlike Fig Newtons, these bars are loaded with healthy, wholesome ingredients. Fig Newtons actually contain a long list of unhealthy ingredients such as: wheat flour, corn syrup, canola oil, preservatives, and loads of sugar. Definitely not ingredients I want to be eating.
My recipe for paleo fig bars is quite a bit different from the conventional fig bar. Here's what you need to make them:
- hazelnuts - may sub any nut/seed but hazelnuts and figs taste amazing together
- pumpkin seeds - may sub any nut/seed
- dried figs - I used Turkish figs but any variety will work
- coconut oil
- dark chocolate
- flaked salt (optional)
These simple ingredients create a soft, chewy center with a delicious fig and hazelnut flavor. And best of all, there isn't any added sugar!
The dark chocolate coating compliments the filling quite well. Not sure about you all, but I love the combination of nuts and chocolate. Honestly, any bar coated in chocolate will win my heart.
How to Make Chocolate Fig Bars
To make these fig bars, you'll need a food processor.
First, line an 8" x 8" baking pan with foil or parchment and set aside.
Next, combine all filling ingredients, except the water, in the food processor. When chopping the figs, be sure to remove the stems! Blend the mixture for about a minute.
Next, add the water. Blend again until the filling mixture starts to clump.
Firmly press the mixture into the lined baking pan. Note: the dough is oily.
Place the bars in the freezer for one hour to set. This step makes dipping the bars in chocolate easy.
Once they are firm, make the chocolate topping. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil on the stove top, over low heat.
Once the chocolate is fully melted, remove it from the stove top and grab the bars from the freezer. Take the bars out of the pan and cut into 16 even pieces. One a time, dip the bars into the melted chocolate. I find this easiest to do with a fork.
Place the coated bars on a parchment lined baking pan or flat surface to set.
Drizzle any leftover chocolate over the bars and top with flaked sea salt.
Tip: place the bars in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes for the chocolate to fully set.
How to Store Fig Bars
These bars are best kept in the fridge or freezer. Place them in a sealed container or baggie in the fridge for up to one week or the freezer up to two months.
More No Bake Paleo Desserts
- Mint Chocolate Coconut Cream Bars
- Paleo Chocolate Torte
- Coconut Butter Bars
- Cereal Granola Bars
- Collagen Gingerbread Bites
I recommend storing these fig bars in the refrigerator since they are preservative free and made with fresh, whole food ingredients. You can also keep them in the freezer.
Yes! Figs (both fresh and dried) taste great with chocolate, just like most fruits.
Figs are great to eat in moderation. Like all fruit, they contain a decent amount of sugar. However, they also provide important vitamins and minerals.
These healthy fig bars have a dried fig and hazelnut filling that's coated in dark chocolate. They're Paleo, Vegan and no bake!
- ¾ cup hazelnuts (95g)
- ⅓ cup raw pumpkin seeds (55g)
- 1 cup chopped dried Turkish figs (150g)*
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (room temp)
- pinch of salt
- 1 Tbsp water
- Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with foil or parchment, set aside.
- Combine all fig bar ingredients, except water, in food processor. Blend, for 1 minute.
- Add water, then blend until dough starts to clump.
- Firmly press the dough into your lined pan, then place the bars in the freezer for at least one hour to set.
- Remove the bars from the freezer and cut into 16 even pieces.
- Make the topping. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and coconut oil. Turn the heat to low, stirring frequently until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Once the chocolate is fully melted, remove from heat. Dip the fig bars in the melted chocolate and set on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.
- Drizzle any extra chocolate over the bars and top with flaked sea salt (optional).
- Store in fridge or freezer.
*Any variety of dried figs will work. Be sure to remove stems before processing.
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