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Figs-to-go for Fig-a-ro

Posted Mar 09 2011 7:04am

fig energy bars2 As I write “Fig-a-ro” I’m singing it in my head.  How can you not sing the words, “Fig-a-Ro?”

I really wanted to try Fennel for F week , but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  I can’t even find it!  Don’t fear though, if Fennel interests you, Brenda tried some Fennel Cucumber Salsa that sounded good.

Figs were easy to use though! I found a million recipes using dried figs.  Pasta’s, energy bars, salads, etc.  I loved these bars by Ellie Krieger , and modified it for what I had in my pantry (so I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store).  Here is what we ended up with:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup All-Bran Cereal (crushed slightly)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried figs
  • 2 TBL raisins (chopped)
  • 2 TBL sunflower seeds (shelled) (pulsed or chopped slightly)
  • 1/2 cup dried milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Ellie put all her ingredients in a food processor.  Mine was simply not that big!  I just chopped up things with a knife or hammer as well as I could.  Then add:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients.  Pour into a 9X13 pan.  Cook at 350 for 20 minutes. 

These were as delicious as oatmeal cookies!  I sent one with Nate to soccer, the kids ate a bunch and I had some! We all agreed they were fabulous.

fig energy bars

Figs are a healthy addition to your child’s diet.  They are a great source of potassium, manganese and fiber.  Potassium is important for fluid balance in your little athletes and a great snack before an event like a soccer game. The fiber made me limit the amount of these fig bars I ate.  Did you know for three days you are supposed to eat a LOW-Fiber diet before a colonoscopy (which I’m prepping for)?  The prep-paperwork said I couldn’t eat fruits, vegetables, nuts or seeds! I have never wanted to eat them more, than in the last three days! 

Don’t forget this week’s giveaway… Three adorable healthy living books for kids .

Also, check out the product review: Zarbee’s Cough Syrup for kids - It’s a totally natural alternative to medicated cough syrup!


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