Gluten-Free Fig Bars

Gluten-Free Fig Bar

It’s amazing how many gluten-free options there are on supermarket shelves these days. Last I checked there are no less than 3 gluten-free “Oreo” knock-offs. Gluten-free pretzels are my newest addiction; they come in plain, chocolate covered, and yogurt covered(still waiting on some savory flavors). But there’s one hugely noticeable absence from the options: Gluten-free Fig Newtons.

Fig Newtons used to be as good as cookie gold to me, only topped by those maple cookies shaped like a maple leaf. I went into the kitchen recently determined to come out with gluten-free Fig Newtons… or at least something similar.

It’s incredibly hard to get gluten-free dough to be elastic without tons of different flours and gums. Instead, I focused on getting the same flavors in a different form with less special ingredients. These bars have a shortbread crust and a top crumble with strong touches of cinnamon and butter; it’s like a portable fig crisp, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.

Gluten-Free Fig Bars Fig Butter

Of course you can use any kind of jam to fill these with. Try apple butter for a Fall flavor or mango butter for something more tropical.

Gluten-Free Fig Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes


  • 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup fig jam or fig puree

Gluten-Free Fig Bars Collage


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, egg, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.
  3. Add in the coconut flour and brown rice flour and work the dough until the flours have been mixed in.
  4. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan.
  5. Press about half of the dough into a 1/2-inch thick layer in the pan. Use more than half of the dough if you have to; just make sure it’s thick enough to hold together.
  6. Spread the fig butter into a flat layer on top of the dough.
  7. Crumble the extra dough on top of the layer of fig and press it in lightly.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the top is golden.
  9. Wait for the bars to cool before cutting in. Store leftovers in a refrigerator.

Gluten-Free Fig Bar Serving

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6 Responses to Gluten-Free Fig Bars
  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    July 24, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    I’ve seen that fig butter at TJs, but have never tried it! And fig newtons are a classic favorite of mine. I’ve never thought to recreate them, though. What a great recipe! I love your apple butter idea for the fall. Or even pumpkin!

  2. Luv What You Do
    July 24, 2012 | 10:31 pm

    I love the TJ’s fig butter! I’ve been eating it in my oatmeal and on toast. It’s delish! If you like fig,you might also like these fig and date bars…

    They are also gluten free!

  3. Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    August 4, 2012 | 2:24 am

    Aww, man. I got up to go make these and then realized it has brown rice flour. Don’t have that. I’ll have to check if the Asian food shops around here have that. These look awesome. 🙂

  4. Anne @ EZ Gluten Free
    September 2, 2012 | 7:59 pm

    You’re right I haven’t seen any gluten free fig newtons. But what you’ve come up with here looks so much better than the original. Well done.

  5. Julia
    September 16, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Is there a substitute for the coconut flour?

    Great recipe! 🙂

    • Wannabe Chef
      September 16, 2012 | 12:29 pm

      I’ve never tried substituting it, but arrowroot starch, corn starch, and tapioca starch all have the same qualities. It might not be a 1:1 ratio; you might have to go by the feel of the dough, but I’m sure one of those would work.