Tis the season when I’m putting in plenty of miles on my bikes. Which means I’m craving an abundance of tasty fuel to power my rides. But what I don’t have an appetite for when the temperatures outside are soaring is to crank up the oven to make my ride fuel. Especially in our second floor kitchen that in the absence of air conditioning can quickly turn into a sauna.
These no-bake figgy bars solve that conundrum by requiring no oven time, but still delivering great flavor. The figs offer up plenty of energizing carbs, while I like the walnuts for a little crunch. Add cocoa is here for some chocolaty pick-me-up when your energy levels are sagging.
No-Bake Fig Bars
1 1/2 cups dried figs
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnut pieces
Place figs in a large bowl, cover with hot water and let soak 30 minutes. Drain figs and pat away excess moisture with a paper towel.
Place drained figs, almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a food processor container and blend until the mixture clumps together. Pulse in walnuts.
Line an 8 by 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving about 1-inch overhang. Add fig mixture to pan and use damp hands to press the mixture flat (about ¾-inch thick). Place pan in freezer until contents of pan have firmed up, about 1 hour. Slice into 9 squares. Keep bars chilled in the refrigerator or freezer. Transport bars in a small zip-top bag or bundle up in a reusable wrap such as Abeego.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
Barnes & Noble
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada
Food photography by Aaron Colussi.