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.
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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 .