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Oatmeal-Almond-Fig Bars
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For a tea afternoon with family and friend tis oatmeal almond fig bars are great!


1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup spread, chilled
1 cup roughly chopped natural almonds
2 cups dried figs or plums
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350F (175F). Line an ungreased 9- by 9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving enough foil to hang over ends; set aside. Combine oats, flours, brown sugar and baking soda in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in spread until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Fold in almonds. Press half of almond crumb mixture into the bottom of lined baking pan. Spread with fig or plum filling; then sprinkle on remaining crumb mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until top is golden brown. Cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then carefully pull out using foil handles. Cool on a rack, then cut into bars and serve.

To make the filling: Bring figs or plums and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Let cool.

Makes 24 bars.