Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fig and oat bars

A brunch treat loosely based on these guys. The filling would have used pretty much the whole jar of fig butter if I'd let it, so I added some applesauce to bulk it up—probably not quite as delicious as an all-fig filling, but totally satisfactory. Then I went and totally unveganized the batter because I didn't want to overdose on applesauce. The final result is a good balance between soft and crumbly, between sweet and substantial, and between breakfast and dessert.

1 c oats, coarsely ground in the food processor
3/4 oats, in their usual form
3/4 c flour
1/2 c hazelnuts, coarsely ground in the food processor
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/2 c yogurt
1/4 c milk
1/4 c canola oil
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/3 c fig butter
1/3 c applesauce

Preheat the oven to 350F and butter and flour an 8" square baking pan. In separate bowls, stir together the dry ingredients (oats through salt), the wet ingredients (yogurt through vanilla), and the filling (fig butter and applesauce). Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a batter. Spread half the batter in the pan, top with the filling, then dollop on the rest of the batter in as even a layer as possible. Bake for 35 min, and let cool in the pan for at least 5 min before slicing.

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