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Jan 19, 2011

Dried figs breakfast bars

    I think this is the first time I have used dried figs in my cooking baking. I used to have them just as a snack and it  is known to provide instant energy. I knew it was healthy , but all dried fruits are known to be quite healthy. But then it is not that simple and has many health benifits. It has enormous amount of calcium in it, infact even higher than whole milk. They are high in natural and simple sugar , minerals and fibre. It promotes healthy bowel functioning. It helps in maintaing pH of the body and also helps in regulation of the blood pressure.
   I got some dried figs from India this time. And I was very eager to use them in my baking and I thought of the breakfast bars. They turned out to be very good.We used to munch on a few bars every morning and it is already over. I just loved the chewy texture and the slight crunchy taste it had. The figs and the golden syrup itself imparted a natural sweet taste. I thought I could have excluded the sugar totally. And in my opinion, the taste got even better with time.
    Before we go to the recipe, there is a post for craft lovers in my other blog. So readers who are interested can visit to see some pretty baskets.
dried figs breakfast bars
Ingredients-
Dried figs-10 numbers
Butter-2tbsp
Sugar-1/4cup or just avoid adding any sugar.
Walnuts- 1/4cup crushed coarsely
Raisins- 1/4cup
Yogurt-2tbsp
Golden syrup-2tbsp
Self raising flour- 1/2cup
Cooking oats- 1/4cup

Method- Place the dried figs in microwave safe bowl along with few drops of water. Microwave for 2 minutes. Allow it to cool and then grind it to a fine paste.
      Now combine the sugar and butter and beat till it turns creamy(if in case you add sugar).Add the golden syrup and yogurt and mix well. Now add the figs paste followed by walnuts, raisins,oats and the flour. Combine everything together till it forms a thick mixture. Now pour the mixture to a well greased shallow baking tray.
      Preheat the oven to 180c. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake at 180c for 25 to 30 minutes. Insert a knife to check if it is done. The upper crust should be brown. The texture is soft , chewy and is slightly crunchy .
dried figs breakfast bars
Enjoy!!

17 comments:

Priya said...

Interesting dried figs breakfast bars, i dont bother to start my days with this yummy bars..

Priti said...

Looks yum and like the look of your blog now...very neat and liked tht basket too..I hav seen that when I was Bali too ...:)

jayasree said...

Bars looks delicious and healthy too. These bars are indeed good to start the day with.

Jay said...

Hy Sowmya..
I liked your blog very much..wonderful presentation with new recipes..Happy to follow u..
check out mine sometime..
Tasty appetite

Usha said...

Fig bars are one of my favorite choices in breakfast bars. This one sounds simple and delicious !

aipi said...

What a great way to start your day..nice recipe!

US Masala

Happy Cook said...

Wowo they look so so good anf dates are really healthy so we can eat double :-)

Laavanya said...

I make a bar with figs and dates... Must get some figs and try your bras sometime.

swapna said...

Healthy and delicious bars...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Sowmya

Bars look so delicious and fulfilling. Pics are amazing.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

notyet100 said...

thanks i guess i gonna prepare this soon,.;-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

something new for sure!

jeyashrisuresh said...

very new one for me and perfect to have this for breakfast

Dershana said...

i love figs in any form and these bars look delicious!

Krishnaveni said...

looks very healthy, love it

Sharmi said...

very pretty looking bars!

Apu said...

Yumm - I adore figs!! They are wonderful when baked.

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