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Recipe: Fig Almond Bars

Photo by MYUNIONHOUSE Photography

These nutrient-dense fudgy bars are best pre-run or dessert and satisfy your need for a sweet and chocolatey treat. Tip: Don’t send the fig-soaking liquid down the drain. Save it for smoothies or oatmeal.

Serves 12

1 1/2 cups dried Mission figs, stemmed
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1 ripe banana
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 Tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Place figs in a bowl, cover with warm water and soak for 2 hours.

Drain figs and place them in a food processor along with almond  our, cocoa powder, coconut, banana, maple syrup or honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, chili powder and salt. Blend until the mixture begins to clump together, add walnuts and pulse.

Place mixture in a greased or parchment-lined baking pan (8 in. x 8 in.) and spread out into an even layer. Freeze for 3 hours, then slice into 12 bars.

Nutritional info: 241 calories, 6g protein, 16g fat (3g saturated), 24g carbs, 6g  ber, 53mg sodium

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