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Wholewheat Figgy Bars and A Recap of The Year That Was

1 January 2012 55 Comments

Wholewheat figgy bars

Time flies when you are having fun! If year 2010 was more about me and my recipes on Lite Bite, 2011 opened new vistas in terms of my blogging career, personal growth and to treasure some lovely foodie friends across the globe.

The endeavor which started just to keep myself busy while the kids were in school has now taken me completely in its stride. What with hours of browsing ‘how to topics’ on writing, photography, web design, SEO and the likes, apart from trying out  recipes which are lite and just right for good health. And yes, this non techie mom who was even scared to look at the HTML and PHP codes some time back does a little bit of editing on her own now 🙂

New year is here and we know it will be another delicious one for all. For many its just another day of a year while for some its time to rejoice and make merry. I belong to the later category and thought of having fun with foodies across the globe sharing recipes & memories from 2011 by organizing yet another virtual party on Lite Bite.


These Wholewheat Figgy bars recipe would be perfect to welcome 2012 on Lite Bite and to wish all the readers and foodie friends a prosperous and healthy New Year! Thanks for being here, I on behalf of Lite Bite appreciate all your feedback and the unconditional support you gave to us year after year.

Wholewheat Figgy Bars 

Wholewheat Figgy Bars

Wholewheat Figgy Bars is the first recipe to welcome 2012 on this space, delectable & healthy they are keeping in sync with the motive of Lite Bite – ‘Lite recipes for right health‘. I baked these goodies as a gift to one of my friends during Christmas and everyone at er home loved these figgy bars.

Wholewheat Figgy Bars

Making figgy bars…


(makes 10-12 small pieces)

For Crust;

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. butter/vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. powder sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For Filling;

  • 7-8 dried figs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder

Wholewheat Figgy Bars


To make the crust; Preheat the oven at 190°C.

Sift both the flours, baking powder and salt in a large vessel. Add powder sugar, oil or butter at room temperature and rub the flour with both the hands till it makes small bread crumbs.

Add milk to the above mix and make a hard dough. Cover it with a cling film and refrigerate.

To make Filling;

Wash the dried figs and dice them into fine pieces. Heat a pan and pour orange juice in it.

Heat orange juice in a pan, add sugar and diced figs in it. Cook it at slow flame till the orange juice is dried and the mixture looks like a fruit preserve.

Let it cool completely before using it as a filling for the Figgy bars.

Wholewheat Figgy Bars; Take out the dough from the refrigerator and roll it in a large circle of  1/2 inch thickness. Use dry flour to make the rolling easy.

Spread the fig preserve in the center of the rolled out dough. Fold the dough from one end to cover the filling completely. Cut out the extra dough to make it look like a log and brush it with milk.

Bake the log at 190°C for about 20 minutes, increase the temperature to 210°C and bake for another 5 minutes if you ike crispy brown crust.

Take out the log from the oven and let it cool. Cut it into thin slices with a sharp knife.

Serve these healthy and scrumptious wholewheat Figgy Bars at tea time or as a yummy snack.


  1. Hard dough will be tough to handle but will give you crispy crust, increase the milk to a few more drops to make a soft dough which is easier to roll.
  2. I used Tropicana orange juice as I could not see fresh orange in my refrigerator.
  3. Increase the sugar in the filling if you like more sweets in your goodies.
  4. The filling of Figs and orange juice in the recipe makes a perfect spread for bread and chapattis.

The Year That Was – A Quick Recap of 2011

1. Awesome Food Bloggers Healthy-Living Secrets or AFBHLS

Spaghetti with Eggplant, Basil, & Breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with Eggplant, Basil, & Breadcrumbs Pic. courtesy; Edible Mosaic

Awesome Food Bloggers Healthy-Living Secrets or AFBHLS series is by far the best of ventures in 2011 on Lite Bite. The series is to bring forth some of the awe inspiring food bloggers and share their experiences on food, recipes and health.

Marla, Faith, Deeba, Shulie, Annapet, Simone, EA Stuart are some of the awe inspiring guests on AFBHLS for year 2011. Don’t forget to check out this space for many more wonderful AFBHLS guest to come in 2012!

 2. First Virtual Party On Lite Bite with a Molten Lava Cake

chocolate molten lava eggless cake

chocolate molten lava eggless cake

 3. A Few Healthy Truffles as Gift to the Wonderful Writer Duo – Jigyasa and Pratibha of ‘Cooking with Pedatha’

Healthy truffles

4. Nostalgic Visit to Hometown and Mom’s Scrumptious Recipes

 Baked wholewheat crispy buns - Baati

6. One of the Healthy Recipes of 2011 on Lite Bite – Finger Millet and Chocolate Cake

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

Finger Millet & Chocolate Cake

 7. Another Healthy Trial – Eggless Vegetable Quiche

Healthy Vegetable Quiche

Healthy Eggless Vegetable Quiche

2011 has been a wonderful year both in terms of blogging career and personal growth. I take this opportunity to thank all the readers of Lite bite who always encouraged with their positive comments giving me a chance to improve and take Lite Bite to higher levels. And hope to get your constant support and love in the coming year as well.

Happy 2012 to all, may the year bring prosperity and good health to everyone!


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  • Lisa said:

    OMG, those forget fig newtons, these are fig newtons in a much higher realm! My father loves fig newtons, but has type two diabetes. The minute I saw these beauties, I knew these were for him! Your round-up of 2011 posts is mouth-watering food porn at it’s best! Thank you so much for such a great virtual New Years party, and Happy New Year to you and yours!! 🙂
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  • simply.food said:

    Lovely fig rolls, Happy New Year.
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  • sayantani said:

    awesome collection Sanjeeta. love this figgy bars. beautiful texture and crunch.
    looks delectable…a very happy new year to you and your family
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  • Jessie said:

    These figgy bars sound so good. I’ve always wondered how they were made. Happy New Year!
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  • Joyti said:

    Sangeeta, your figgy bar look delicious. And healthy too.
    And Happy New Year, to you and your family!
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  • Karen said:

    Yum! These figgy bars look just incredible! I can’t imagine going back to a package after eating these!!
    Happy New Year and thanks so much for hosting this virtual party! I’ve found some great blogs through the links!
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  • Liz said:

    Thanks so much for being our hostess! Your figgy bars look super yummy…as does everything in your round up! Happy, happy New Year, Sanjeeta!!!
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  • dudut @mytwistedrecipe said:

    how i love that molten cake! and the truffles too! i’m drooling!

    thanks sanjee again for making this virtual party possible…happy new year!
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  • Terra said:

    Sanjeeta thank you for putting together the lovely blog hop, it is always fun to be included with such wonderful bloggers:-) Your figgy bars really look delicious!!! I love fig newtons…..homemade is WAY better though!!! Here’s to many more fun blog hops! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Terra
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  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Everything looks so delicious Sanjeeta! What a great year it has even for me, getting to know you and your beautiful blog and healthy recipes. And it was such an honor for me to guest post on your healthy living secrets series! I’m looking forward to many more healthy and delicious Lite Bite recipes in the new year, and I wish you and your family a most happy 2012! xoxoxo
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  • Jeanettew said:

    Love these wholesome figgy bars. Thanks for hosting this fun event to welcome 2012!
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  • Becky said:

    Thanks for co-hosting such a fun party! I have met even more wonderful food bloggers. Your Whole Wheat Figgy bars are awesome, and the molten lava cakes as well.

    Happy New Year!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Becky, Thanks and it was a [pleasure to have you with us. Looking forward for more foodie fun this year.

  • rebecca said:

    these look wonderful and your blog is amazing your a pro 🙂 why not write for the chennai papers?

    hugs and happy new year Rebecca
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Reb, You are a sweet heart! Writing for paper…Rebbeccaa..you are too much 🙂

    Love to all of you.

  • Faith said:

    Happy New Year! What an amazing year it’s been — I can’t wait to see where the New Year takes you, my friend. The figgy bars look wonderful. Figs are one of my mom’s all-time favorites and she’d go crazy for this recipe — I’m emailing it to her right now!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Faith, Thanks you my friend for all your support and being there with me always in 2011. You are a friend to cherish for life! Hope to have more of foodie fun in coming years.

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    I’m die hard fan of figs, these are amazing Sanjeetha!! Wish you and yours a very happy new year!
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  • Priya said:

    Happy new year wishes to u and ur family..Figgy bars looks marvellous..lovely recap.
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Thanks for hosting this great virtual party! I’m looking forward to a great 2012 filled with wonderful healthy lite bites!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sylie, Thanks, pleasure is mine always, honored to have you among us.

  • Magic of Spice said:

    These fig bars are glorious, along with your other goodies here in the re-cap! The lava cake is just scrumptious!
    Hope you are having a wonderful start to 2012 🙂
    P.S. I think I linked up my post but it did not show up?
    Hope it worked 🙂
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Alisha, Thanks for joining, it is showing now. Hope to have more of such foodie fun this year.

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  • Radhika | Just Home Made said:


    Wish you a wonderful New Year!
    Love your fig bars recipe with whole wheat flour..

  • MoniQue said:

    I love figs, and would love to have some of those figgy bars right about now. Thank you so much for coordinating both virtual parties this year. I was honored to be a part of them and meet and “work” with this wonderful foodie community. Cheers to an amazing 2012!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @MoniQue, Thanks, it was a pleasure to have you for both the virtual parties, hope we can make it real one day 🙂

  • A Canadian Foodie said:

    Great initiative, Sunjeet!
    As I said earlier, after following you almost religiously through 2010 – and then almost not at all (was the same with everyone) for 2011 – I cannot believe the progress you have made in every way. I have missed so much, and have lots of catching up to do! Great initiative. Hope to get mine up day after tomorrow!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Valerie, Thanks for these sweet words, your encouragement always means a lot to me. Yes, I missed you for many months last year, but then We have a life beyond our blogs. Hope to have more of foodie fun this year.
    Happy 2012 to you and yours! Love.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    Holy yum! I love those figgy bars — it is reminisce of something over the counter here in the USA.

    Happy New Year to you and the family 🙂
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  • Richa@HobbyandMore said:

    These figgy bars look gorgeous! and a great round up of 2011! i love that chocolate cake. wish you and your family a wonerful 2012!
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  • juniakk said:

    i love the figgy bars. remind me of fig newtons growing up. 🙂 happy new year! looking forward to a year of healthy eating!
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  • Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) said:

    Love those bars. I think I have some figs in the cupboard. MUST try making these beauties!Thank you for organising the bloghop; such fun! Heres to another yummy year at Lite Bite!!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Deeba, pleasure to have you with us in #welcome2012! Thanks for all your support and love.

  • Joanne said:

    What a fun recap and delicious recipe to pair it with! I love fig-filled treats. Happy new year and here’s to more deliciousness in 2012!
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  • @Mango_Queen said:

    I LOVE FIG BARS & have been in search of a good recipe for a long time. Glad to finally find it in your blog. Thanks for organizing this fun event, Sanjee ! So happy to meet you via our virtual parties! Happy New Year !

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Elizabeth, Always a pleasure to work with you, and thanks for all your support during both the virtual parties we celebrated. Here is wishing more foodie fun together in coming days.

  • kankana said:

    That’s a fantastic way to party. Great roundup and I hope you have a awsm fantastic 2012 🙂
    I love figs and this bar not only sounds yummy but healthy too!
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  • balvinder ( Neetu) said:

    Everything look so delicious, Sanjeeta. Your opening words for 2012 are just what I want to say. I didn’t know anything about this blog world. I took interest in internet when I had nothing to do after surgery in March 2011.During that time I decided I should gluten free blogging because I did not find any Indian blogger doing gluten free blogging.

    Happy New year and I am joining you. Is it subscription thru email. I will check.
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  • balvinder ( Neetu) said:

    Silly me. I can see the join site widget.

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    i love figs.. this looks so so delecious, and its made of wheat so im gonna try it for sure
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  • Julie M. said:

    Sanjeeta, Those fig bars look incredible! Those are one of my all time favorite cookies – I just love their soft sweet flavor. It’s been a wonderful year and a joy getting to know you better. I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year and continuing to watch you grow through this food blogging journey.
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  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats said:

    Hi Sanjeeta! Whata great recap. I am in AWWWeee with your recipes. Really inspires me. Thanks for buzzing me over at my blog too. I can’t wait to come back more often to see what you are up to. Have a great week, cheers~
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  • foodwanderings said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, J loves fig newtons. he grew up on them but these look million times better. I bet he would love this version!! Delicious!! Wishing you a happy new year and all th ebest in 2012!!

  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    i love figs and this recipe is great ! thanks for hosting the virtual party. wishing you a fabulous year ahead 🙂
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  • Shri said:

    Amazing looking bars. Lovely Post!Happy New Year!

  • BigFatBaker said:

    Thank you so much for setting this all up! You did a great job and I was happy to be apart of it. I love your figgy bars recipe – I am bookmarking for the next time I go to the store! I want to eat healthier and these would make the perfect treat at the end of the day 🙂 Cheers & Happy New Year!

  • Baker Street said:

    These figgy bars are a perfect way to start the new year! Love that they are baked with whole wheat.
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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    Hi Sanjeeta! I love your fig bars – they are amazing! I wasn’t a big fan of fig when I was small, but all the sudden when I’m adult I’m in love with it. This looks so good that I wish to try it right now…seriously, gorgeous!

    I enjoyed the roundup from your 2011 recipes. Everything looks so good! Happy New Year and looking forward to your new posts in 2012!
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  • bhavani/ameanderingmango said:

    Happy New Year! These fig cookies look like the perfect sweet bite to go with my afternoon coffee. Yum!

  • SRV said:

    This is awesome! And seems healthy as well! Liked it!

  • Ranjana said:

    Hi! These figgy bars look so amazing that I tried them twice but my filling becomes hard…what is going wrong? Pl help!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ranjana, Reduce the cooking time for making the filling and let it be a bit runny, you could add a tsp. of melted butter in the filling also to keep it soft. Hope it comes out good the next time. Happy baking!

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