These fig bars are a no-bake dessert made in 3 easy steps! Full of antioxidant-rich chocolate, figs, coconut, and cashews, this no-bake recipe is vegan, paleo, grain free, and gluten-free. Perfect for snacking on the go or a healthy dessert.
Hey friends! It’s time for (yet another) pantry staple recipe “snack bar” style. All you need are 6 simple ingredients.
MY GO TO NO BAKE SNACK BAR
We all have a go-to snack bar or bite recipe, don’t we? Whether it be homemade vegan protein bars or store bought, there’s one that just clicks with us and stays with us.
My personal favorites are no-bake paleo mango protein bars and 3 step Baklava Bars. One nutty, one fruity. Delicious and super easy to make. Chewy and lightly sweet.
But what happens when your need for dark chocolate, coconut, and nuts take over? Kind of like a Mounds bar. Well, except way better and made with real food. I may be biased.
Healthy no bake snack bars to the rescue!
This fig bars recipe makes a fantastic go-to snack.
It’s a combination of energy bar, dessert bar, paleo/vegan bar… and all things heavenly bar. No honey or sugar needed, because they are naturally sweet!
Fig bars for any occasion!
I think you’ll love these ideas. Tried and tested. And they go fast… Just sayin’. You might want to make multiple batches.
- Lunch Box! Yes, these are peanut free and they look like a candy bar. Kids will be SUPER happy and healthy. Plus these bars are both paleo and vegan so they accommodate to a lot of allergy-friendly kiddos, ya know? Oh and while you’re at it, throw in some of these oatmeal cookie energy bites for the lunch box.
- Pre or Post Workout Fuel. Natural fruit and nut carbohydrates for energy. Coconut is great because it contains a boost in iron, while cashews give the bars a little protein boost. Both are excellent for fueling the body before your workout, and assisting in recovery after the workout.
- Healthy Dessert. The chocolate cashew fig bars taste seriously like candy bars. The figs are sweet enough that with the chocolate and coconut on top, the texture is very much like a Mounds candy bar.
- Breakfast on the go. No-bake fig bars are great when you need to eat on the run. You can run with a naturally sweet chocolate bar for breakfast. There is nothing wrong with this idea!
Just as delicious as my blueberry carrot cake bars, but these have CHOCOLATE in them! They are balanced with macro nutrients and super filling.
I know what you’re thinking. ” that’s cool Lindsay, but how do these no-bake bars actually stick together then?” You were thinking that, right? Haha. I’ll give you a hint. They are in season. They are delicious. They are full of powerful anti-cancer fighting nutrients. They are amazing when dried. Yup-> figs!
Combining dried Turkish figs with dark chocolate, coconut, and cashew create one heck of a power bar!
Healthy fats, fiber, and a hefty amount of antioxidants!
When figs are dried, their health benefits and nutrients INCREASE!
Figs are also rich in potassium and magnesium, which is good news for those who don’t like bananas, but need the crucial minerals. Nature’s candy really does wonders y’all!
Bonus Nutrition Fact –> Cashews and dried figs are both a great source of vitamin K. I love me some VITAMIN K! You know this from my cashew creamy mustard Brussel Sprouts superfood salad.
So maybe you should eat the Brussel Sprouts salad for lunch followed with one of these no bake dark chocolate fig bars. Then you will be one “SUPERFOOD” powered HUMAN! Just a suggestion.
How to make the fig bars recipe
Just a quick 3 step approach!
- Chop the ingredients in the food processor. Press into a lined brownie pan.
- Melt dark chocolate to coat the top of the bars, and sprinkle a few flakes of toasted coconut and sliced fig on top.
Set them in the fridge for a bit to chill and firm up a wee bit.
Then voila! They are done and ready to eat (now or later). Slice and serve. Or do what I do; wrap each one in plastic wrap or wax paper then place into the fridge or freezer. A quick snack or breakfast to go!
I even have a video to show you how easy the recipe is to make. Check it out!
Fig Bars Recipe Video
But what I love about these natural sweet no bake dark chocolate bars is that they don’t even look healthy. Is that wrong to say?
Nah…. chocolate, coconut, cashew, figs –> AMAZIN’!
Speaking of AMAZIN’ and more NO BAKE chocolate and coconut… These No Bake Gluten Free Chocolate Coconut Oat Squares from Gluten Free Palate look unreal.
Healthy homemade bars to make on any occasion! YUM! Alright, ready to not bake and just blend?Print
No Bake Fig Bars with Chocolate, Coconut, and Cashews
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 8–11 bars 1x
Chocolate Coconut Cashew Fig Bars are a no-bake dessert made in 3 easy steps! This no-bake recipe is vegan, paleo, grain free, and gluten-free.
- 1 ¼ cup dried un-sulphured figs or about 5-6 ounces (stems cut off)
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (plus extra for topping)
- dash of sea salt (¼ teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ to ⅔ cup or more of dark chocolate or vegan dark chocolate chips to melt
- optional toppings – extra chocolate chip, coconut, sea salt, fig, etc.
- Line a square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Next make sure the dried figs have all the stems cut off.
- Place cashew, coconut, salt, vanilla, and figs in food processor. (If you don’t have a high powered food processor or blender, then divide the ingredients in half and blend/grind in two batches).
- Blend until mixture is fine and able to stick together well. See pictures above.
- Pour mixture into baking dish and press down firmly.
- While the fig/cashew mix sets in pan, melt the dark chocolate.
- Place dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or on stove top. Heat until melted. About 60-90 seconds in microwave mixing half way. See notes for stove top option.
- Can also use my homemade magic chocolate shell recipe for a thicker chocolate coat.
- Next pour the chocolate over the cashew coconut batter and spread it evenly to cover bars. (Noted if more dark chocolate is needed to cover, just melt an additional ¼ cup.)
- Optional topping – Sprinkle extra coconut, cashew, sliced fig, and dash of sea salt on top of chocolate (evenly).
- Place in freezer for 20 minutes or fridge for a few hours.
- Once they are hardened, remove from fridge.
- Slice into bars and wrap each bar in foil for a quick grab and go bar. Or store in an airtight container.
- Best kept in fridge for freshness. Feel free to freezer for up to 8-10 weeks. These really do keep well!
- If your batter is not sticking to the pan after mixing, remove from pan and place in a bowl, mix in a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup if needed. If the batter is too sticky, add in 1 tablespoon of coconut flour.
- Melting chocolate on stove top with makeshift double boiler – Add a small amount of water to a sauce pan and place a heat resistant bowl on top so it is resting on the edges of the pan. Don’t let it touch the water. Heat water on low. Place chocolate chips in the bowl, stir often, and watch it melt.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Category: snacks
- Method: no-bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 238
- Sugar: 7g
- Sodium: 54 mg
- Fat: 18 g
- Saturated Fat: 7 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: no bake bars, chocolate, protein bars, vegan, paleo, fig bars
And now it’s time for the extreme close up.
Swooooooooon over the chocolate fig bars!
What’s your favorite bar recipe?
Will try this Amazing recipe tomorrow and i hope i make it. Thanks for such a great recipe.
Great! Keep me posted! You’re welcome!
Is there a substitute for coconut?
Can you have grains? Oat or a puffed rice cereal might work! You could probably leave them out if you really needed. just might be more moist.
it such an amazing meal plan…and i will really follow this plan and also shared in my friends circle…Thanks for sharing…keep shared your new fabulous plans….!
we were out of cashews, and due to COVID-19 we weren’t able to buy any…so I used walnuts. my mixture was pretty dry so i added peanut butter and WOW!!! it was like a healthy peanut butter cup. Super yummy! Thanks for the recipe idea. I will be making these again… with peanut butter! 🙂
You’re welcome, Aleta! Glad it worked out and that you enjoyed them!
I want these for breakfast, snack AND dessert! Love chocolate and coconut 🙂
Go for it!! Totally allowed lol!!
Vegan, paleo and no Bake and chocolate. Just what I need when I am feeling so low with all the pandemic creating havoc in our daily lives. Chocolate Cashew Fig Bars will hopefully lift my spirits. Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome, Samantha! Glad to help…we’re all in this together. Let me know if you need any other recipe ideas to help lift your spirits. I hope you enjoyed these bars! <3
I am in awe of how good these and how simple they are to make.
Yaayy! Thank you!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
This is a great healthy dessert to have around so I don’t eat the junk food!
I totally agree Ashley! Thanks!
These bars are so delicious and the figs on top are so pretty!! Love them!
So glad you love them Katie! Thank you!
Loved that we didn’t have to wait too long to indulge in these healthy bars! Loved it!
I know, right?! Thanks!
This was truly delicious. The best no bake chocolate bars I have ever made. Thanks for such a great recipe.
Aww, thanks Sam! So glad for the feedback! You’re welcome!
I really love that this is a no bake recipe! Perfect treat!
Thanks! I’m all about no bake treats now that the weather is warming up!
These bars are so dang delicious! I have to keep reminding myself that they are healthy too!
Haha, yes!! Thanks!
These are so good!! I love a healthy dessert option!
Thank you! Glad to help with that!
love that this recipe is no bake! delicious!
Thank you, Lisa!
I feel like you made these just for ME! These are incredible, thank you for this recipe!
You know I did Lauren! hehe 😉 You’re welcome!
They are great but they are not paleo. The chocolate chips have brown sugar in them. 🙁
The enjoy life dark chocolate? I think it’s just cane sugar juice. But I will give paleo dark chocolate option, updating now! Thanks for the correction.
georgie @ georgieeats
What a simple but brilliant idea!! Thank you so much for the inspo! I have pinned the recipe so I can make it soon! x
thanks Georgie! Let me know if you try them!
Holy cow!! These were amazing! Such a great snack or even a little after dinner treat. My husband and I loved them. I’ll be making them on repeat.
Wonderful! SO glad Kelli! WE love them too.
Vegan Town - אוכל טבעוני
These look amazing! Thanks for the recipe.
These look amazing! Could you substitute dates for the figs? Would it be the same amount?
Really looking forward to trying these!
sure! I think someone else used dates before.Similar about but not be as sticky. trying soaking the dates a little before. Keep me posted!
How long do these bars last in the fridge? I’m sure they’d be eaten fast but can’t have too much of a good thing 🙂
Oh i make multiple batches and kept in fridge or freezer. they last a while! for sure. at least 4 weeks. longer in freezer if you need to make a bunch. Hope that helps!
Just got everything together and realised, I don;t own a food processor 🙁 Everythign is just in really small pieces and not stuck together at all!
OK, phew! Turns out it is not the food processor that the issue, it;s the stickyness. Not sticky at all so I have added some honey – hopefully now it is not too sweet. Should the figs be soaked maybe first?
did you use a food processor? What kind of figs did you use? I found turkish to work best. Yes, soaking can help. KEep me posted!
I used the container base of a hand held blender. (that has it’s own blade for chopping.) the nuts came out all small which was the perfect size. But then the fig also just came out in small bits.. I’m not sure of the kind of figs there is only 1 kind at the fruit store I go to. I’ll try to find out.
the whole batch was eaten!! Even my fussy daughter had a few pieces!!
Oh good! So it worked out? I used California figs
Yep it worked but quite crumbly. Can only find 1 type of dried fig in my area and they are not sure where it is from. They seem to be split open and squashed.
Will post my batch on Twitter now and try another batch soon!
Hmmm I wonder why. Did you soak figs? so sorry!
Found today- made today ?
I was worried my mixture wasn’t sticky enough so added 2 tbsp of cashew butter and it was great.
Top sprinkled with chopped walnuts as used up all cashews and coconut for the bars …
Looking forward to trying these tomorrow and taking them away for a hiking weekend.
Thanks for a great recipe!
Oh I am so glad!! Love the addition of nuts on top. Sounds perfect Joanna!
I just made your loaded oatmeal cookie energy bites and I gotta say there is nothing worse than having a batch going and it sSTICKS to your hands!!!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrr this is my new pet peeve !!! You need the honey so they stick together then it’s such a mess sticking to your hands!!! Would clear and concise measurements so this does not happen . very frustrating !!!!
I’m so sorry! What kind of oats did you use? Happy to help fix that
Love this recipe! But we have a fig allergy in the house. Any recommendations for a substitute? I’m thinking dried apricots?
Turkish apricots or even dates would probably work. Keep me posted
Hi, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!
One question though: Should the cashews be soaked prior to processing them?
they don’t need to be. I did have one ready try that though and it worked great. Might be a little softer bar. Let me know if you try them Saleha!
Did I miss something? Making these now, and do they smell gooooood!! However, pouring into an 8×8 seems to be too small.. did you use a 9×13?
I used 8×8 so they would thicker but 9×13 should work too. They will taste same just different thickness. Does that make sense?
It does make sense, they just looked a lot thicker than the picture.. so I went with a 9×13.
The 9×13 must be the key, they look perfect. I also added to make a 1/2 c of the melted dark chocolate (enjoy life) chips to get that thin layer allll the way to the edges. I added your suggestions of protein powder and chia seeds. OMG, they look and smell sooooo good, I can’ hardly wait for them to chill, so I’ll go chill ~ Thank you for this delicious (healthy) snack recipe.
Oh keep me posted! I’ll make note! And I am finding that it depends on dried fig you get. Larger or smaller. Thanks for tips! I’ll add that to recipe notes
I would love to reach through the screen and grab one of these. The use of dried figs is genius and cashews are so rich and buttery. I can only imagine how amazing these taste. Licks lips.
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
I’ve been wanting to try figs in a lara-bar type creation! These are incredible.
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
FIGS IN THESE BARS?! You are my hero!
and you are mine! ALWAYS <3
Made these yesterday. So easy to make, and doubly delicious. I did have trouble getting the mixture to stick together, so added a tablespoon of maple syrup. Still not sticking! Added another tablespoon maple syrup. Better! Put in pan and smushed down. They were really hard to cut, but they completely fell apart. Any suggestions?
Oh i am so sorry. Let’s fix that! what coconut and fig did you use? Did you parchment paper on bottom?
Sorry it took so long to respond. I used unsweetened flaked coconut from Bob’s Red Mill and Smyrna Figs in a bag from Costco.
That’s strange, those should work. Hmmm… the only other tip I think that might help is to blend the figs a little more with the cashew/coconut. Then place them in a bowl and mix all together before placing in the pan. Add maple syrup if needed in the bowl. Email me anytime if you want to make it again with these adjustments.
I will definitely make them again because the family loved them even though we ate them with a spoon! Just a thought, I didn’t soak the cashews. I think next time I’m going to add one extra fig cause they are sooooo good.
These look amazing and I am loving that they are just 3 ingredients.
Hahahaha, chocolate and cashews are a power couple! I absolutely love this recipe–the topping looks splendid!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
Maaaan everyone is on the fig train. I don’t even like them that much. Is that sacrilege? I have a bunch I was given still sitting in my pantry haha
Do you not like dried fig or just fresh fig? Totally different in taste and texture
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
These bars look beyond decadent. Such a great recipe. You make healthy look fabulous.
Jody - Fit at 58
OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! I like protein bars! I do put oat bran or oats in them though! 🙂
that a good idea!
Kevin | Keviniscooking
This looks delish and I swear,I just made a no bake fig tart that’s right in sync with this. Albeit without that gorgeous thin chocolate layer. Just had to come visit. I’m no coconut fan, but would gladly have two of these. 🙂
thanks Kevin! I need to check out your fig tart ASAP! ps these would totally work without coconut. You could use almonds or a flakey cereal instead. 😉
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Yes, yes I do want to reach through the screen. Also, the word unsulphured make me giggle. IDK…
haha now it’s making me giggle. We’re 12
Anne|Craving Something Healthy
Your photos are SO gorgeous! Pinned this to my Desserts With Benefits board and I can’t wait for them to get into my freezer 🙂
Wonderful! thanks friend
Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite flavor combos! These are so simple, but I bet they taste amazing!
mine too! Twin again! haha
I love the chocolate coconut combo! I make some variation of nut/dried fruit balls or bars almost every week. My favorite easy treat! These look fantastic.
thanks friend! I love your bar/bite recipes!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
FIGS <3 My favorite things 😀 O these are so pretty, easy,….and overly delicious, Lindsay!
Thanks fellow fig lover friend!
My gaaaawsh these BARS! That fig-coconut-chocolate-cashew combo? Heeeeaven! These bars are seriously my idea of the perfect treat or snack. I’ve used dried figs to make chocolate truffles and loved the way they turned out, so I’m itching to make these beauties!
oh i need to try your recipe next!
I want to reach for the screen every single time you post hahaha!! Yummy!
oh I love you! and so thought of you with these!
rachel @ Athletic avocado
I want these for breakfast, snack AND dessert! Love chocolate and coconut 🙂
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
These look SO GOOD! It’s like all my favorite things in one no bake bar!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Oh my, totally swooning over here! Anything cashew in in on.
me too! my fav
Susie @ SuzLyfe
YES to figs. I love them in bars more than dates. And YES to Cashews and YES to Coconut and YES to chocolate and ok just YESSSSSSSSSS
YES TO YOU! <3
michele @ paleorunningmomma
Haha you’re right that they don’t look healthy, in a good way! Love all your no bake bars and bites. And figs – have to try them in bars!
yes you would so love with ganache too!
I love them in cakes more than dates. And YES to Nutties and Yup to Coconuts and add some wine too in it 🙂
Ahh yes!! 😉