Fig & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

A gooey, one-ingredient dessert that’s gluten-free and vegan. The only thing harder than making these bars is waiting for the oven to preheat!

The “fig tree” is a fruit that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy. It’s also the name of this recipe, which includes figs, dark chocolate, and oatmeal.

Chocolate and oatmeal are two of my favorite things to eat together. One is creamy and rich, while the other is roasted and nutty. They are nearly too well suited to one other. Then Mr. Fig walks in, and it’s a freaking celebration. And you are cordially invited. 

I’ve had a strong need for Trader Joe’s 85 percent cocoa chocolate bars. They melt smoothly and have just the right amount of black without being bitter. From my Chocolate Chunk Muffins to these crazy brownies coming to the site next week to, of course, these chocolate oatmeal bars, I’m using them in everything. They’re affordable ($1.49 for 3.5 ounces!) and far outperform any other ‘gourmet’ dark chocolate.

I suppose I’ve been crushing on TJ’s recently in general. Their nuts, as well as their Pound Plus Chocolate Bar (I know, more chocolate), and tofu, are incredible. So, if you haven’t gone in a while, consider this your invitation to attend this weekend.

Because these bars include oats, they are suitable for breakfast. Right?


Oatmeal bars with figs and dark chocolate

This is, without a doubt, the simplest baked treat you can create. The following are the fundamental procedures to make these fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars:

Cream the butter and sugars together — As usual, beat the butter and sugars together for a few minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla essence after that’s done.

Incorporate the dry ingredients – In a separate basin, combine the dry ingredients, then stir them into the butter mixture. Mix until everything is completely incorporated and there are no visible flour streaks.

Fold in the yummy stuff — Fold in the chopped figs, chocolate pieces, and oats (old-fashioned oats, not quick!) using a rubber spatula. Refrain from eating the batter straight from the bowl.

Bake the bars – Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. You should allow these bars cool completely before slicing and serving them (they don’t slice properly while they’re hot).


How do you keep fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars fresh?

These fig and chocolate oatmeal bars may be stored in an airtight jar on your counter for up to a week. These also freeze nicely if you put them in a freezer baggie and close it securely. When you’re ready to consume a bar, either reheat it in the microwave (which will make it crumbly) or lay it out on your counter to come to room temperature on its own.



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (I use Challenge butter!) at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
  • a quarter cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 big room-temperature egg
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • a quarter teaspoon of baking powder
  • a quarter teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup oats, old fashioned
  • 6 oz. chopped dried black mission figs
  • dark chocolate, 5 oz., roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside a 9′′x9′′ baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars in a standing mixer equipped with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes. For one further minute, beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate dish. Slowly integrate the dry ingredients into the wet components while mixing on low speed until nearly mixed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a spatula to fold in the oats, figs, and chocolate.
  4. Spread the dough into the pan that has been prepared. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle of the bars comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before serving on a cooling rack!

More oatmeal treats may be found at:

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Blueberries

Oatmeal Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Frosting are soft and chewy.

Cookies with Giant Bourbon Oatmeal Raisins

Snickerdoodle Cookies with Oatmeal and Raisins

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Ginger

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The “fig gymnastics” is a recipe for fig bars that includes dark chocolate and oats. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and paleo friendly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a wasp in every fig?

A: No.

What are the benefits of eating figs?

A: Figs are a type of fruit and can be eaten in their raw form or used to make jams and preserves. They have antioxidant properties, which help prevent certain diseases.

What does fig taste like?

A: Fig tastes like fig.

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