Coconut Fig Crumble Bars
This recipe for Coconut Fig Crumble Bars is another easy and delicious one! You are going to make these all the time and they are perfect for dessert, breakfast or a snack! These bars have homemade fig jam (or you can buy some), coconut flakes and a crumbly oatmeal topping that melts in your mouth.
I sometimes come up with recipes when I have an abundance of something…enter: FIGS! I look for inspiration and ideas on the web (does anyone say that anymore?!?) and then go for it!
Since we had a bowl full of figs from our tree this year, my first thought was to make fig jam. Fig jam is awesome with cheese (which I eat too much of), on bread, in these bars, did I mention cheese?? 😆 It’s easy (of course) and is ready in just over an hour. There are other recipes out there to make fig jam that lasts longer by canning it. I knew I was going to eat mine right away so I just made a version you could keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
Now I have all of this fig jam and as much as I like cheese and bread, I needed something else to do with it. So that’s how I got to Coconut Fig Crumble Bars! How perfect that there is an easy recipe to use two of my favorite things: coconut and fig jam! Not a combination you hear often, but yummy all the same.
Coconut Fig Crumble Bars
- ¾ cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed (about 1 small lemon)
- 2 cups fresh figs, rinsed and cut in half
- 1 cup fig jam (make from recipe or use store-bought)
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 pinches salt
- ¾ cup coconut oil or melted butter, unsalted
- Place water and sugar in a pan and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add figs and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour with a lid mostly on. Take the time to stir and mash the mixture every once in a while. The figs will start to break down and the peels will essentially disappear!
- After an hour, remove from heat and allow to cool. Mashup any remaining chunks of fig. Place in a sealable glass jar and place it into the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Make the fig jam (or use store-bought). This takes about an hour so plan ahead or make ahead of time.
- Preheat oven to 350° and prepare a deep pan with parchment paper and non-stick spray. My pan is 8×10.
- Add all ingredients except the fig jam into a bowl and combine it into a crumble. Take a little more than half of the crumble mixture and press it into the bottom of the prepared pan with your fingers. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and spread fig jam all over the top.
- Take the remaining crumble and put on top of fig jam. Gently press down the top (be careful if the hot pan!) to get it even and lightly packed. Place back into the oven for 23 minutes. If you want a crispy and brown top, turn on the broiler for the last 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cut into squares and enjoy!
My hope is to inspire others to “go for it” also! The kitchen is not scary and it’s so worth it to make things from scratch. Like I always say, it’s impressive to family and friends and best of all, it’s delicious!
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