Whole Wheat Fig Bites

Back to school blues anyone? Yeah, me too. Which is weird because I’m not in school, nor do I have any kids. I guess it’s just that old nostalgia creeping back in. And I’ve got enough “back to school” nostalgia to go around for everyone. 4 years of undergraduate school, 5 years of graduate school and 4 years of postdoctoral training will do that to a person. I’m going to need lots of glitter pens, organizers and stickers to lift me out of my funk!

Oh and snacks. Snacks are always the perfect mood lifter. I basically lived for after school snacks. So I created a hack on one of the most well loved after school snacks: the Fig Newton.

These bite sized figgy treats are made with equal portions whole wheat flour and white flour. They are easy, portably, satisfying and the perfect size for little hands. And if you have adult sized hands, then you get to eat 5 or 6 of them. Yeah, that sounds about right.



Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Whole Wheat Fig Bites

Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Whole Wheat Fig Bites


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 7 ounces dried figs, stems removed
  • 2/3 cups apple juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse together the flours and the sugar. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles course meal. Dump the crust mixture into a bowl and set it aside.
  3. Make the filling. In the same food processor bowl with the blade attachment (no need to clean it), blend the figs, apple juice, lemon zest and 3 tablespoons of the crust mixture until a thick paste forms.
  4. Spray the wells of your mini-muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Add a rounded tablespoon of the crust mixture to each well and use your fingers to push it down along the bottom of the well and about 3/4 of the way up the sides. Drop a rounded teaspoon of the fig filling into each well. Take the remaining crust mixture and squeeze it between your hands to form little clumps. Drop the clumped crust mixture on top of the fig filling, leaving some of the filling showing through.
  5. Transfer the fig bites to your pre-heated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove the tin from the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool. Once the fig bites have cooled, carefully remove them from the muffin tin (I used a small pairing knife to lift them out of the wells). The cooled fig bites can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.

25 comments on “Whole Wheat Fig Bites”

  1. These whole wheat fig bites would certainly help me. . I do have kids back in school and have just been tired but keeping busy. . oh and glitter pens and lots of them! Hope you get out of your funk soon!

  2. Love all things fig! Looks delish! I am always nostalgic about going back to school – I think it’s because I secretly miss having something new each year to look forward to! Oh and back to school shopping 🙂

  3. My hubby loves those fig bars and that’s what these remind me of. I have yet to get around to figs these years (probably too late now at least for my coast) but pinning for later.

  4. Great recipe! Anything with figs is definitely a win for me! I’ll make these this week! 🙂

  5. I totally get that back to school feeling, even though I’ve been out for awhile now! And there really is little in the world that snacks can’t heal, especially if they are this pretty!

  6. Yum! I will take after school snacks any time! Also glitter pens, you can never have too many glitter pens.

  7. I always get that back-to-school feeling in the fall, and I’ve been out of school for quite some time now! It just “smells” like school in the air to me. These fig bites look like a delicious snack! Such a creative treat!

  8. What a fun creation! I have always been a fan of fig newtons. Yours look like a great snack.

  9. Snacks are key, especially a back-to-school time. These remind me a fig newtons, but so much better!

  10. I love all things fig and Fig Newtons is where it all started! These bites would be the perfect snack, school blues or no.

  11. Funny enough, I was walking through Target today when I spied the package of Fig Newtons on the shelf. It brought back lots of back to school nostalgia, and I instinctively picked up a package, then turned it over to look at the ingredients. I thought to myself, “I can do better,” and clearly, you already have! Love this more than the store-bought -it sure is a must try! Thank you!

  12. Do you think these could be made with a gluten free flour?

    • Hi Wendy. Yes I think these would be fine with gluten free flour. You may need to add a touch more butter (sometimes I find gluten free flour batters to be a little drier) to get it to hold together. If you try it, come back and let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

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