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 no-bake - 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 because they lack moisture. Also, using fruit as a sweetener, like in these Vegan Chocolate Covered Fig Bars, is great for making desserts healthier. Fruit really is nature's candy!
Healthy Fig Bar Recipe
You're not going to find a more nutritious fig bar recipe than this one. What makes these healthy?
First of all, these Vegan fig bars don't have any added sugar. You can even coat these bars in 100% dark chocolate to bring the overall sugar content down.
- these bars are naturally gluten and grain free
- they're Paleo and Vegan friendly
- my recipe doesn't contain any artificial colors/preservatives/flavorings
- this fig bar recipe is no bake and easy to make
These grain free fig bars are an excellent candy bar alternative. They have a chewy center and a rich dark chocolate coating. My kids even gave these Turkish fig bars their full approval!
Ingredients in Paleo Chocolate Fig Bars
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 fig bars is quite a bit different from the conventional fig bar. Firstly, these treats don't require any baking. This makes them perfect year round, as I often don't want to touch my oven during the summer months!
Here's what you need to make this Paleo fig bar recipe:
- 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 over one without it.
How to Make Fig Bars
To make these fig bars, you'll need a food processor.
First, line an 8" x 8" baking pan with foil, set aside.
Next, combine all filling ingredients, except the water, in the food processor (1). When chopping the figs, be sure to remove the stems! Blend the mixture for about a minute (2).
Next, add the water. Blend again until the filling mixture starts to clump (3).
Firmly press the mixture into the lined baking pan (4). 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 dry.
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
These healthy fig bars have a dried fig and hazelnut filling that's coated in dark chocolate. They're Paleo, Vegan and no bake!
- Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with foil, 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 dough into the lined pan, then place bars in freezer for at least one hour to set.
- Remove bars from freezer and cut into 16 even pieces.
- Make the topping. In a small sauce pan, melt chocolate and coconut oil. Turn the heat to low, stirring frequently until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Once chocolate is fully melted, remove from heat. Dip fig bars in melted chocolate and set on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.
- Drizzle excess 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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