Nutty Fig Bars
Figs, fresh or dried, are often high in price. To make cookie bars that are more affordable as well as wholesome, try using an equal amount of chopped dates or prunes instead of figs.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup diced figs
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a medium baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; mix well. Stir in figs and pecans.
Beat eggs and brown sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer set at low speed until well blended. Add oil and vanilla; beat well.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
Spread batter into prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Cut into bars.
Use kitchen scissors to quickly chop figs. Spray the scissors with cooking spray beforehand to prevent the fruit from sticking.