In our son's daycare there are several children who are allergic to nuts. This means we can't give our son any sort of baked good made with nut flours. However, we need to provide him with a lunch and two snacks a day, so as much as I like to just give him fresh fruits and veggies I am enamored with the idea of baking up a tray of bars on Sunday that I can dish out all week. It certainly saves time in the next day food prep area and makes him happy since it is something fun.
Because of the nut restrictions, this leaves a limited number of options when baking grain-free. I can use seed flours, which we can and do, or we can use coconut flour. We are huge fans of Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured's Blueberry Banana Bars that are in our app and of Danielle Walker of Against All Grain's Allergy-Free Breakfast Cookies (which we bake as bars) from her new book. However, I wanted to switch things up a bit and cook with some seasonal elements that are popping up in our CSA basket so I created this Apple Peach Fig Bar based off of the two above delicious bars. It uses applesauce as the main sweetener with a tad bit of honey, but you can skip the honey if you'd rather. And you can also add some chopped walnuts for crunch if you don't have a nut restriction.
Apple Peach Fig Bars
Makes: 6 bars
Prep Time: 15 min Total time: 1 hr
2 tbs (30mL) Honey
1 tbs (15 mL) Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup (40 g) Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) Baking Soda, optional
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) Salt
2 tbs (30 mL) Applesauce
1/2 Peach, diced
1/2 Apple, diced
2 Figs, diced
1/8 tsp (1 mL) Nutmeg
1/8 tsp (1 mL) Ginger
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) Cinnamon
1. Preheat your oven to 325° F (163° C).
2. Grease an 8x8 inch pan (20x20 cm square) and line it with parchment paper.
3. Puree the eggs, honey, coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla in a food processor or blender.
4. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and blend until smooth.
5. Fold in the apple, peach, and figs.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Note: This doubles nicely, so if you need more bars, just double everything in the recipe and use a 9x13 inch pan (22x33 cm rectangular pan ) instead and increase the cooking time by approximately 5 minutes (I found 45 minutes works nicely).
*This will be in the app after the September update.