Sometimes I wonder if the very qualities that lend themselves to successful home cooking–adaptability, confidence, being able to think quickly and adjust recipes as needed–are a hindrance to successful baking. In any case, that’s often how I feel. When I cook, I can be spontaneous and adjust a recipe to fit the process and my results. It’s hard to correct a baking error once it’s happened, or to change the direction of a baked recipe once you’ve gotten started.
Still, every time I gather up the courage to bake, I’m thrilled I did. And these vegan fig bars are the latest reminder that baking is really rewarding, in spite of the fact that it’s a more sensitive and scientific process than is cooking.
I had two motivations to bake this past week. The first was a desire to get over my fear of baking, with the hope of a a delicious dessert as the proverbial carrot at the end of the stick. The second was the fact that fellow blogger Sarah was in town, and I wanted to offer her a little treat while she was here. She’s an excellent baker, so the bar was set high. But I was determined. And the results were totally worthy.
To be exact, these bars are breakfast-worthy, snack worthy, and dessert worthy. They’re so delicious and sweet, and in spite of all the flavor they’re pretty darn healthy, thanks to the use of oats and oat flour as a base for the dough. The fig filling is so good that now I’m dreaming about putting it into muffins, spreading it onto toast, stirring it into warm oatmeal…you get the idea.
But first, I’m letting it shine in these delightful fig bars.
I was able to give some of the bars to Sarah in person last night, over dinner, and she loved them. Now I have a few left to savor on my own–as snacks between my classes, as quick breakfast options, or as evening sweet treats. I’m not complaining. And I think that this delightful baking experience is all the motivation I need to try again soon.
Enjoy the bars!