Homemade Prune Bars! If you like fig newtons, then you will LOVE this healthy homemade version made with prunes! Lightly sweetened and vegan, perfect for kids.
California Prune Filling:
- 8 ounces California Prunes
- 1 1/2 cups apple or white grape juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour*
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1–2 tablespoons water
- Make the California Prune filling: Place the prunes, juice and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the prunes are very soft and there is little liquid left (about 2-3 tablespoons.) Let cool slightly.
- Place the prunes and remaining liquid in a food processor and puree until the mixture is thick and jammy. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly spray with cooking spray to grease. Set aside.
- Make the crust: Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add in the oil, vanilla and water and beat again.
- Slowly stir in the flour mixture and beat until the flour is just incorporated. Reserve ~3/4 cup of the dough, wrap in plastic and place in the fridge until ready to use.
- Take the other remaining dough and press it into the prepared pan in an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove the crust from the oven and spread the prune mixture over the crust. For the remaining crust- up to you! You can dollop the remaining dough onto the prune coating or, you can roll the remaining dough into a square, then place onto the prune mixture. If you want to roll the dough, I place the dough between parchment paper and trim the edges, moving dough as needed to make a square. It doesn’t need to be perfect, as shown in these photos.
- Place the bars back into the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, another 25 minutes. Let the prune bars cool in the pan, then remove and place in on a wire cooling rack or the fridge to cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Cut into squares and serve! Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
*I used whole wheat pastry flour for these to make them more wholesome, but you can also use regular flour or a whole wheat white flour.
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