These figgy jam bars are simply delicious. Lightly sweetened fresh fig jam is sandwiched between layers of oatmeal based crumble. Reminiscent of a fig newton, these figgy jam bars are surprisingly easy to make, with top results.
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Dear friends of ours have a fig tree in their backyard. I know. Pretty lucky, huh? They gave us a bunch of these beautiful figs last week, and so I needed to figure out what to do with them. Oozing with syrupy juice, I knew I didn’t need to add much sugar when cooking them down. I decided to make most of them into a jam, after we ate some for breakfast one morning. I’m telling you, all the sugar added was about half a cup per gallon!
I brought out my Instant Pot for this job. Cutting the figs in half, I added them to the pot alone. No water. No sugar, yet. The figs simmered in the Instant Pot for probably twelve hours, total. Yum. I added the half cup of sugar about half way through cooking. There was so much syrup in the figs, that I did not need to add any liquid.
What came of these twelve hours was a delicious jammy figgy goodness! Now, if you live in a place where you can’t get fresh figs at the store, you can definitely use dried figs instead. Just trim the hard ends off and soak them in warm water til soft.
When the figs were done cooking down in the Instant Pot, I used my immersion blender to puree them into a lovely jam. What came to mind next was the recipe for oatmeal bars that I’ve used since my older kids were little. Easy, frugal, fruit bars. A quick recipe to make when you’re expecting company at the last minute.
Okay, so enough rambling….here’s the recipe below! Enjoy, and thanks for dropping by!
Figgy Jam Bars
- Instant Pot or slow cooker
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1⅓ cups brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2½ cups fig jam
- In a slow cooker, place ½ gallon of halved figs.
- Let the figs simmer on high for 8-12 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Add ¼-½ cup of sugar to taste.
- Let sit in fridge to cool.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and butter in a large bowl. Mix until crumbly.
- Reserving one cup, press the remaining oatmeal combination on the bottom of a 9X13 pan.
- Spread jam on the pressed bottom.
- Sprinkle with remaining oatmeal mixture.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool, and cut into squares.
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