Vegan Fig Bars that are Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, and Delicious!


My friend Liz shared this healthy recipe with us for vegan fig bars. She adapted her version ever-so-slightly from Fat Free Vegan. These marvelous squares make a delicious afternoon snack, a lunchbox treat, or even a quick breakfast on-the-go. They’re naturally dairy-free, egg-free, and even gluten-free, and use everyday ingredients from your pantry.

Liz says these bars are firm, but perfectly moist and delicious. They were a big hit with her family, who declared them better than store bought.

Gluten-Free Vegan Fig Bars Recipe - Healthy, delicious, perfectly moist, whole grain, and low in fat

 Special Diet Notes: Vegan Fig Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

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Each of these healthy treats contains less than 4 grams of added sugars, is low sodium, and even boasts about 50 milligrams of calcium. But more importantly, fig bar fans love the taste!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 squares
  • 2 cups regular or quick oats, divided (certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon agave nectar or other liquid sweetener, divided
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup water, divided
  • 8 ounces dried figs, stemmed
  • 4 ounces pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons slivered or chopped almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Grind 1 cup of the oats into a flour in your blender, food processor, or spice grinder.
  3. To make the crust, add the freshly made oat flour, remaining 1 cup oats, baking powder, and salt to a medium mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Add the applesauce, 3 tablespoons sweetener, and ½ cup water, and mix well. Let it sit while you make the fig filling.
  4. To make the fig filling, put the figs, dates, and nuts in your food processor and grind into a coarse paste. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sweetener, lemon juice, cinnamon, and ginger, and begin processing. Gradually add the remaining ¼ cup water as it processes, until mixed.
  5. The crust mixture should have thickened a little, so mix it again.
  6. Press half of the crust mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. Spread the the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling.
  7. Bake the bars for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Allow to cool completely (a few hours is best), before cutting into fourths each way, to create 16 squares.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 117 Fat: 1.2g Carbohydrates: 26.5g Sugar: 15.9g Sodium: 14mg Fiber: 3.5g Protein: 2.2g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Hello Alisa
    Just about to start making these yummy looking figgy bars but not sure how many almonds to use. You mention them in the filling description (“and the almonds into a food processor”), but they are not listed in the items. I’ll take a guess and add 1/2 cup and see how it works out. So look forward to tasting this. Thanks for sharing.

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