Goji berries in this recipe are rich in beta carotene and lycopene while being a low glycemic fruit.
By replacing half of the figs that would normally be in fig bars with the goji berries, the glycemic value of this treat is reduced. Soaking the figs to soften them also washes some of their natural sugars away in the soak water leaving the fibre which stabilizes blood sugar.
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups oat flour
3/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups dried figs
1 cup dried goji berries
Zest and juice from 1 orange
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Place the dried figs and goji berries in a bowl. Cover with water and let soak while you make the dough.
To make the dough, combine brown rice flour and oat flour in a bowl. In a separate bowl or blender, whisk together the almond butter, almond milk, coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix together the blended wet ingredients into the four mixture until a dough forms.
Line a 9x9x2 baking dish with parchment paper. Divide the dough into two. Press one half into the dish pressing it up the sides. Set the other half aside while you make the fruit filling.
Drain the dried fruits and place them in a food processor with orange zest, and orange juice. Blend until smooth.
Spoon the fruit filling evenly over the bottom layer of dough in the baking dish.
Roll out the remaining half of the dough to match the shape and size of your baking dish. Carefully transfer it on top of the fruit layer. Bake for about 25 minutes
Lift the bars out of the baking dish with the parchment paper and let cool. Cut into bars.