Figgy Oatmeal Bars
A Very Tasty Treat
Bestselling author Jane Green's newest novel, "Promises to Keep," tells the story of three women's friendship.
The novel includes several recipes. Here's Green's recipe for figgy oatmeal bars.
Preheat the oven to 375º F.
Place the figs, dates and almonds in a food processor and grind to a coarse paste. Add the syrup, water, lemon juice and cinnamon, pulse until mixed, then set aside.
Combine the oats, oatmeal, baking powder and salt thoroughly, then add the syrup, applesauce and water. Stir well. Press half the crust mixture into a greased rectangular pan. Cover with the fig filling, then smooth the remaining crust mixture on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, and cool completely before cutting into bars.
For optional icing: mix confectioners' sugar with water, or milk, until thick. Add vanilla extract to taste, and drizzle over the top.
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Promises to Keep by Jane Green. Copyright © 2010 by Jane Green