Oatmeal Fig Bars

Oatmeal Fig Bars

Oatmeal Fig Bars

This is one of the highest fiber desserts you can make. My recipe takes about 8 ounces of dried black mission figs. I use Sun-Maid or Nutra-Fig brands, both of which are soft. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Makes: 12 servings

Oatmeal Fig Bars


  • 2 cups finely chopped dried black mission figs (about 25 figs / 8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Filling:
  3. Cut off the tiny hard stem from each dried fig before chopping.
  4. Combine chopped figs, water, and sugar in a saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread onto a dinner plate to cool a little.
  6. Crust:
  7. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  8. Combine oats, flour, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.
  9. Add oil, combining gently using your hand.
  10. Set aside 1/2 cup and spread the rest evenly into pan, pressing down firmly using the back of a spatula.
  11. Cover with warm fig topping. Scatter reserved oat mixture over the top. Press down lightly.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

52 Comments on "Oatmeal Fig Bars"

  1. Gerry

    Hi Jenny can I switch the figs for dates in this recipe ?

    Thanks….. Gerry

  2. Patricia

    Good evening Jenny,
    Well thanks for your generosity
    Made chicken pot pie today and now fig bars are the in the oven😋

  3. Shaz

    Can flour be replaced with cake flour or all purpose? also can figs be substituted for dates using same recipe? anyone try either ?

  4. Molly Spradley

    These look delicious and knowing your recipes they won’t be achingly sweet yet still satisfying. Hubby’s favorite jam is his Nana’s fig jam which is spiced with cloves so I will make this and add a bit of cloves to it. And then for fun I’ll try it with my home-dehydrated Italian plums (which will also be a powerful fiber boost, haha!). When I get the fig batch made I’ll post a picture for you. Thank you for so generously sharing your recipes, Jenny!

  5. Linda

    I often substitute applesauce for the oil called for when making a boxed cake to save calories (so I can have more cake!)…do u think this would work in this fig recipe? Thanks!

  6. Cynthia

    Jenny instead if figs can I use dates ??

  7. Joann

    These fig bars are unbelievably tasty!!right amount of everything ?

  8. Debra

    Hi there. I have been making dates bars for years. My family loves them. Can’t wait to try this recipe with dates. Thank you for sharing. Your paczki are rising right now as it is Paczki day!

  9. Debbie

    These came out really good with the dates. Also used small handful of toasted walnuts on top crust. Will make again. Looking forward to making donuts on Wednesday.

  10. Carol

    Wonderful recipe. I baked it today using dried smyrna figs because that’s what I had on hand. Absolutely delicious. Jenny thanks again fo another terrific recipe.

    • Kimberly Walker

      I did the same. It is baking now. I’m excited!

  11. Denise

    I just made this. But I bought dates instead of figs. I hope it comes out good. It has 15 more minutes to cook

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Dates are a lot sweeter than figs so you may find it too sweet. Please let us know how they turned out.

  12. Cathy

    This sounds delicious and so healthy I cannot wait until I try it.
    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes keep them coming. You are awesome !!

  13. Denise

    I bought all the ingredients to make this tomorrow. So looking forward to making this.. Jenny, your an AMAZING WOMAN

  14. Julia

    Oh, Jenny…….Nutritional information??? Don’t they know everything you make is healthy and delicious!

  15. Debbie

    I have dates sitting in the back of my fridge. Perfect recipe to use them. Will use less sugar when breaking down date because they are so sweet.

  16. Wanda Teegarden

    Can you provide nutritional information such as calories and carbohydrates>

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Sorry, I do not have that. I am just a home cook sharing what I make for myself.

    • Jodi P

      Just read the packages of the ingredients you are using, and add up the nutritional information for the amount of each ingredient. Divide by the number of servings.

  17. Kathie

    Thank you Jenny for this recipe. Windering if I could use fig jam instead of making the filling?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I have only made it the way I posted but it seems to me that jam would be too moist as a filling.

  18. Kathleen

    Wow, I can’t wait to make these!

  19. Trudy

    Hi jenny thanks for all .
    Do you give me a recipe for this Diabetes?

    • Jodi P

      There are a lot of websites specific to diabetic recipes. You can google “diabetic recipes”.

  20. Marsha

    Just made this recipe. It is delicious!! Don’t miss the butter at all. Thanks Jenny

  21. Joyce Flowers

    So enjoy your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Jimmygourmet

    How many calories per serving? Is all-purpose flour ok as a substitute? Thanks.

    • Jodi P

      Look at the nutrition information on the packages of each ingredient you are using. Figure out the calories for the amount of each ingredient, add them up, and divide by the number of servings.

  23. Michael

    If I wanted to make a gluten free version of this what would be the best flour to use?

    • Marie S.

      I have been making date squares for years and one thing to make the figs/dates filling even better is by always adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda to each 8 ounces of warm dates/figs filling. Fluffier and tastier. Enjoy. Marie

    • Sandi

      I have a daughter that HAS to eat Gluten free. Do you have a flour sub. for that. I know one other (almond or cocoanut) will need more liq. don’t know which. thank you.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Sorry, I have no experience with gluten free flours.

    • Jodi P

      Google “gluten free fig bar recipe”.

  24. ⚜Granmommy11

    Yum! I am definitely going to try these. Thank you so much!

  25. Cshellz

    These look great! So enjoy your recipes–got your book and LOVE your You Tube videos! Thanks for sharing them. Wish you’d make more videos.
    Do you think this recipe would work with other dried fruit if I can’t find figs? Like maybe dates or apricots, peaches etc?
    Thanks Jenny . 🙂

    • Lynda

      I often cook with dried apricots and can see no reason why they should not work in this recipe. NOTE: Dried apricots are tart. I like tart! But you will have to try it and decide for yourself. Good luck and thanks for the idea. Now I want to do it! 🙂

  26. Cindy

    YUM!! I can’t wait to try this one. Looks so easy too. Thanks (again) Jenny

  27. Dolores

    Dear Jenny


  28. Jodi P

    OMG, you just read my mind!

  29. tania cossley

    jenny your recipes are amazing and well explained

  30. Bill

    I love figs so this should be good

  31. burningladwpmgmt

    willit work with coconut oil instead vegetable oil?

    • Carol

      Did you make these with coconut oil? If so, how did they turn out?

  32. Abby

    OH that picture is beautiful…. I love figs, so can’t wait to make these !!
    Thank You

  33. Cindy A

    Thank you Jenny, can’t wait to try this❣

  34. Jim

    Thank You !

  35. Holly

    Jenny thank you for sharing..I’ve been looking for yummy “fig bar” recipe for a long time. Will be making these soon..

    Thank u

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