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slices of homemade fig bars

Homemade fig bars

  • Author: Amélie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Confections
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Turkish


Combine the sweetness of figs and the nuttiness of hazelnuts in delicious homemade fig bars. They are incredibly chewy, crunchy and the perfect healthy(ish) snack. Plus they can be in your oven in 25 min tops.


  • 70g hazelnuts (½ cup
  • 300g semi-dried figs (2 cups or 10.5oz
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey or golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp irmik or semolina


  1. Make the fig paste. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and set them aside. Cut the figs in halves (it’s easier with a sharp knife). Place the figs, maple syrup (or honey) and irmik (semolina) in a food processor. Process until the figs turn into a smooth paste, about 2 min, taking breaks to scrape the edges of the processor.  If you use a small food processor like mine, do it in 2 batches. 


  2. Check the consistency. Make sure that the mixture can be pressed down into bars by pressing the paste with a finger. If the paste ‘doesn’t come together’ add more syrup/honey and process again. If it’s still too dry add more syrup/honey, 1 tsp at a time until you get the right texture. Scrape the paste into a mixing bowl and stir in most of the hazelnuts with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon.
    fig paste with hazelnuts


  3. Shape the homemade fig bars. Preheat the oven to 100°C (210°F). Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and lay the paste on it. Press it down with the back of a spoon or a spatula until you have a rectangle roughly measuring 18*25cm (7*10 in), around 1cm (½ in) thick. Press the rest of the hazelnuts, cut side up, into the top of the paste.
    steps shaping fig bars


  4. Bake. Bake for 1h15 then remove from the oven. Let the fig paste cool down a bit then transfer to a cutting board by lifting the edges of the greaseproof paper. Trim the outer edges of the paste if you want 4 clean-cut sides on all your homemade fig bars. Cut the paste into squares or rectangles according to your preferences. Allow the homemade fig bars to cool down completely.
    fig bars being sliced


Store the homemade fig bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.  


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 137
  • Fat: 4.6g

Keywords: dried fruit bars, semi-dried figs, healthy treats