My clients love these bars as a quick and easy breakfast or snack! Plus, they’re super easy to make. I feel like almonds and figs are a pair made in heaven. Plus, when it’s fig season, you have to capitalize on their delicious sweet and juicy taste.
- Figs: Figs thrive in areas with mild winters, so they’re considered a backyard delicacy. This is why you’ll see figs growing like crazy in California! Figs are rich in antioxidants from their high polyphenol content.
- Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts contain a type of Vitamin E called tocotrienols, which have been shown to have powerful anticancer abilities. They also have brain protecting effects, so macadamia nuts can help us ward off diseases such as Alzheimers or Parkinson’s disease.
- Almonds: Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and Vitamin E. They can even help lower blood sugar levels and have been shown to reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
Baking Tips from Chef Michaela
I love to line the baking dish with parchment paper to make for an even easier cleanup. It still allows baked goods, like these bars, to retain a crispy edge and an even bake. As a personal chef, I’m all about simplifying the cleanup process!
Almond Flour Fig Bars
- 8×8 pan
- parchment paper
- 3 tbsp plus 1 tsp coconut oil slightly soft
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sweetener (xylitol, erythritol, coconut sugar, maple sugar)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp water
- 5 cups almond flour
- 1 ⅔ cups coconut flour
- ½ tbsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup macadamia nuts
- ¼ cup chopped dates
- ½ cup fresh figs cut into quarters
- Mix together coconut oil and sweetener of choice until creamy.
- Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and water.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 increments, mixing in between. I actually find mixing with your hands is easiest!
- Mix in the macadamia nuts and chopped dates.
- Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan.
- Using your thumb, make small indents and press the figs into the indents.
- Bake at 350 °F for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.