A few weeks ago, after recognizing that my food intake for the past few months had not been at all consistent (we call this travel), I purchased some dried fruit and nuts and than proceeded to enjoy snacking away.
I enjoyed this little routine as I noticed my food intake drop slightly after a few days.
Then…thats when it occurred to me, I’m becoming more and more like my father.
I am truly his daughter.
On any given day my father who is always on some health kick or trying to lose a few pounds, can be found taking a small hand of dried fruit and a small handful of plain nuts and snacking away.
In fact other then his usually blase dinners and smoothie breakfasts, this is one of the staples in his diet.
So these bars are an ode to him, but also to snacking on filling, healthy things that contain no gluten or dairy or animal products and need to no cooking.
Thanks for raising me with a love of dried figs and a handful of raw, unadulterated nuts dad.
Raw Fig Bars
Makes 20 bars
3 cups dried figs, ends removed and sliced in half
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup brazil nuts
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon linseeds
Preheat the oven to 100ºC/210F and line a tray with greaseproof paper. Spread the halved figs on the tray evenly and pop in the oven for 5 minutes or until warm.
Place the figs in a food processer and pulse on and off until smooth (your food processor may become rather warm and you will have to clear out the blades every 30 seconds to a minute of pulsing, so give it time to cool down if necessary), adding in the nuts and seeds when almost complete.
Line a square dish with greasproof paper and spoon the mixture in, pressing down evenly on all sides. Refrigerate for a minimum of an hour.
Slice, serve and eat.