Fig and Walnut Oatmeal Squares

Happy New Year! We’ve survived the holidays!

Fig and Walnut Oatmeal Squares | figsandfeta.comAre we ready to hit the gym again? Start that “diet on Monday” again? I know I am more than ready to get back into my routine of snacking right and exercising on a schedule after a busy and hectic holiday schedule.

Fig and Walnut Oatmeal Squares | figsandfeta.comClearly, I have a sweet tooth. And I love blondies, bars, or anything with a butter-brown sugar-oatmeal base. I really love it when I can create healthier versions of my favorite sweets. These Fig and Walnut Oatmeal Squares are made with whole wheat flour, sweetened with brown sugar and dried figs and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Adding walnuts to this bar adds fiber, protein and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. I think you’ll find they are a tasty and satisfying healthy snack! 

For more healthy recipes, ideas, and inspiration on how to get creative with healthy snacking in the new year, you might want to visit the Nuts.com healthy snacks page. Since 1929 Nuts.com has been a family owned and operated business in the United States, consisting of high values, quality and care. Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to go order some dried peaches. (So delicious!) :)

Fig and Walnut Oatmeal Squares
A delicious and healthier variation on the delicious blondie.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ground in a food processor to fine
  2. 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  3. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  9. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  10. 3 large eggs
  11. 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  13. 1 cup dried figs, chopped
  14. cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Stir together ground oats, 1 cup whole oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to low and carefully add the flour and oat mixture until just combined.
  5. Mix in the dried figs and walnuts.
  6. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the dish.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining oats on top of cake.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares once cooled.
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