These rich fudge-like peanut butter fig bars will melt in your mouth and remind you just how well peanut butter and jelly get along. The fig in the crust is reminiscent to the sweetness of grape jelly, and those crispy fig seeds create an elevated texture.
These babies were inspired by my mom on our camping trip this summer in upstate NY! She made them slightly different, I can’t actually remember exactly what she used as the base, it might have just been whole peanuts and dates. If it was something else, I’m sure a peanut and date crust would be delicious anyways. I do remember her saying she used honey, however I choose to use the thicker vegan variant; coconut nectar.
I pretty much ate all of the ones she made, I’ll have to bring her some of these next time we visit, typical 😉 ! Dominick is allergic to peanuts so unfortunately he can’t enjoy this version, but fortunately almond butter is the perfect peanut butter substitute! I can also imagine sunflower butter working quite well.
Despite how delicious they already were, I kept thinking how amazing it would be if jelly was somehow intertwined. I settled on figs and walnuts for the crust but than realized that just a fig crust would be even better and more simple. On third thought, next time I will definitely blend the figs with water to make a raw jelly and swirl that into the peanut butter mixture; and possibly eliminate the crust. I suppose the combinations are endless!
The fudgy yet melt in your mouth texture, is truly decadent and it’s very simple to make. All you do is blend together peanut butter, coconut oil, sweetener, and sea salt. This could be made all by itself and still taste incredible. However the true sweet tooth in me says, take it a step further!
The crust took me 2 minutes to make, just add walnuts and figs into a food processor or blender until it all starts to stick together. Then I spread the crust on the bottom of a glass pan. That’s it.
That is true peanut butter liquid gold up there. I was skeptical that the mixture wouldn’t harden because it was so thin. To my surprise, they hardened after being in the freezer for an hour or so. After that they should be stored in the fridge, they stay perfectly firm and literally just melt in your mouth.
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup coconut nectar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1.5 cups dried figs; turkish or mission
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Cut off the fig stems, and half them.
- Blend together the walnuts and figs until it starts to stick together.
- Pat the crust down firm into a 8x6 glass dish.
- Blend together peanut butter, coconut oil, coconut nectar and sea salt; if your peanut butter is unsalted, and pour it on top of the crust.
- Freeze the bars for an hour or until hard; store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Check the sweetness of the peanut butter filling. To amp up the sweetness use 1/4 cup coconut nectar, or an 1/8-1/4 cup of agave or honey for a different kind of sweet.
- If your figs are super dry, soak them for 15 minutes or until they start to soften a bit.