Fig and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars in a stack

I love chocolate and oatmeal together. One rich and creamy, the other toasted and nutty. They complement each other almost too well. Then in comes Mr. Fig and it’s a freaking party. And you’re invited. 

I’ve been craving hard on these 85% cocoa chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s. They melt absolutely beautifully and are the perfect amount of dark without the bitter. I’m putting them in everything, from my Chocolate Chunk Muffins to these insane brownies coming to the blog next week to, of course, these chocolate oatmeal bars. They’re pretty inexpensive ($1.49 for 3.5 ounces!) and blow any other ‘gourmet’ dark chocolate out of the water.

I think in general I’ve been crushing on TJ’s lately. Their nuts are amazing, as is their Pound Plus Chocolate Bar (I know, more chocolate), as is their tofu. So if you haven’t been lately, this is your encouragement to go this weekend.

Hey, the fact that there’s oatmeal in these bars makes them breakfast material. Right?

Fig and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars on countertop

How to make fig & dark chocolate oatmeal bars

This is arguably the easiest baked good you can make. The basic steps for making these fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars are:

Cream the butter and sugars — As always, you need to beat the butter and sugars for a few minutes until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Once that’s done, add in the egg and vanilla extract.

Incorporate the dry ingredients — Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add them into the butter mixture. Mix until everything is just combined and you don’t see any streaks of flour.

Fold in the good stuff — Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped figs, chocolate chunks, and oats (make sure you’re using old-fashioned oats and not instant!). Restrain yourself from eating the batter as is.

Bake the bars — Pop the fig and dark chocolate oatmeal bars into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. You’ll want to let these bars cool most of the way before slicing and serving them (these don’t slice very well when they’re warm).

sliced Fig and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

How to store fig & dark chocolate oatmeal bars

These fig and chocolate oatmeal bars can hang out on your counter in a sealed container for up to a week. These also freeze really well — just stick the bars into a freezer baggie and seal it tightly. When you’re ready to dig into a bar, either heat it up in the microwave (it’ll become crumbly if you do this) or set it out on your counter to come to room temperature on its own.

RECIPE

Fig & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Yields 9 large or 16 small squares

These chocolate oatmeal bars feature giant chunks of dark chocolate, mission figs, and hearty old-fashioned oats. Beware: these are addicting!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (I use Challenge butter)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 6 ounces dried black mission figs, chopped
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9"x9" baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract for an additional minute.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the wet ingredients mixing on low speed, slowly incorporate in the dry ingredients until almost combined. Remove from mixer and fold in oats, figs, and chocolate with a spatula.
  4. Spread the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bars. Allow to cool on cooling rack before serving!

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More oatmeal desserts from Broma Bakery:

White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Giant Bourbon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Snickerdoodle Cookies

White Chocolate Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

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What a fabulous combination of flavors! I think these could be breakfast? No? No doubt chocolate and oatmeal are fabulous together… but those figs!! I’m done.

Delicious my dear!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Traci!

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WOW! Oatmeal & chocolate is one of my favorite combination as well.
I am a big fan of TJ as well. 😉
Beautifully photographed. <3

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you lady!

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OMG YES that’s the best dark chocolate. I have some every night after dinner. And these bars look incredible. Love these photos!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes! I do that too sometimes– it totally satisfies your sweet tooth!

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I have my crush on TJ’s chocolates too! Oatmeal and chocolate makes a perfect duet and I can’t think of anything better than those two.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Now if only they delivered…

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These figgy bars sound AWESOME! Love the chocolate in there too 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Always with chocolate. Always 🙂

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Um DUH these are breakfast, so I think I’ll make and eat them all this morning, that’s fair right? LOVE.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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LET’S DO IT!

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You’re right! Oatmeal and chocolate are perfect together. And I love your addition of figs.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you m’lady!

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Um, these look amazing! Love the dark chocolate and the figs- so delicious! Pinning 🙂

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Awww snap! This is quite possibly the most delicious dessert blog I’ve seen all month! Thanks for such a lovely recipe, Sarah. Pinning!

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Yum! The way the chocolate is just ooooozing out in the first photo makes me crave chocolate, like, RIGHT NOW.
Thanks for this recipe Sarah 🙂

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Chocolate, surrounded by oatmeal and dried fruit is totally, totally breakfast food. At least in books! And I’m totally a grown woman so I can make those decisions for myself now. I cannot wait to try these!

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OH DEAR GOD I NEED.

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Love love love oatmeal bars! They are the perfect dessert, in my opinion. So chewy, toasty and delicious. Also, amen to the Trader Joe’s love! Isn’t it just the greatest store? I feel like every time I go there, there’s like 10 more things I want to try (and now add that gorgeous chocolate to the list).

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Thank god we’re all invited to the party because these look insane!!

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I love figs 🙂 Figs with dark chocolate – even better! 🙂 Thanks

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Oh wow – these look so delicious, that oozing chocolate mmm!

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Made these last night. They are so delicious!

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That gooey chocolate looks insanely good – and with figs in there too, you have seriously outdone yourself! Wish we had chocolate that cheap over here, it sounds amazing. These are firmly on the list to make though! x

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Wow – these look amazing! And I’m right with you crushing on Trader Joe’s… It kills me to buy nuts anywhere else – so much less expensive than anywhere else. Can’t wait to try the fig/dark chocolate combo. Definitely breakfast food 🙂

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I made these bars tonight and they are wonderful. I love your recipes – thank you – Lisa

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So glad to hear that Lisa! Thank you!!!

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Where were you able to find fresh figs currently? Trader joes did not have any- they suggested Whole Foods! I am dying to make these bad boys!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Kristen! I got dried figs at Trader Joes and they were perfect!

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these look amazing! could I use fresh figs instead? ps. love your work!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Those would change the texture, but it’s worth giving it a try! I think it would be a little weird, but let me know how it turns out!

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Wow… Can’t wait to make these.
So I have tonnes of dates, do you think I could substitute them for the figs?
Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hmm. They’d definitely be sweeter, but if you’re into that you can!

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Just made them, they’re wonderful!
A touch underbaked, but there’s nothing wrong with gooey…

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Thank you for this great recipe !!!

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Do you have the nutritional value ?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I do not, sorry Melissa!

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