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fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars cute and one eaten

Fig and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup|3.5 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup|1.75 ounces light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup|5 ounces all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 6 ounces dried Calimyrna figs
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped


To make bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9 x 9 inch pan with parchment.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for an additional minute.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder.  With the mixer running on low, add the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Stir in by hand the oatmeal, chocolate, and figs.
  5. Spread the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove parchment sling and continue cooling bars on rack.
  6. Cut into squares when cooled. Store at room temperature up to 3 days.

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