Valley Fig Growers

Oatmeal, California Fig and White Chocolate Bars

Makes 36 Bars

Ingredients

Bars:

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups quick-cooking oats

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

3/4 cup finely chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs (about 4 ½ ounces)

1 teaspoon finely minced orange zest

16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened, each stick cut into 8 pieces

¾ cup white chocolate chips

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg

Glaze:

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon salt

¼ cup white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon finely minced orange zest

Directions

Directions for the bars:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13 by 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang on all sides.
  2. Mix flour, oats, baking soda, salt, figs and orange zest in medium bowl until combined. Heat butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat until nutty brown in color, about 12 minutes. Pour hot butter over white chocolate chips in large bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in brown sugar until dissolved, then whisk in vanilla and egg until combined. Stir in flour mixture in two additions until combined.
  3. Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 17 to 19 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack.

Directions for the glaze:

  1. Bring brown sugar, water, and salt to simmer in small saucepan. Pour hot sugar mixture over white chocolate chips and orange zest in small bowl, whisking until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm bars and cool on rack until warm to touch, about 1 ½ hours.
  2. Using foil overhang, lift bars from pan and cool completely on rack, about 30 minutes. Cut into bars and serve. (Bars will keep in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 143
  • % Calories from Fat 45%
  • Fat 7
  • Cholesterol 20
  • Protein 2
  • Carbohydrates 18
  • Fiber 1
  • Iron 1
  • Sodium 67
  • Calcium 27
  • Potassium 52