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2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each salt, ground cinnamon and ground cardamom
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked and mashed figs, chunky or smooth as desired
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon each water and brandy (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x9 or 9x11 inch baking pan.
Mix together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and sugar.
Stir in oil, add eggs and incorporate completely. Mix in figs.
Add walnuts and stir to distribute. Place dough in prepared pan.
Press dough gently into place using your fingertips or the back of a large fork.
Bake 25-35 minutes or until edges are brown and center is firm when pressed.
Mix glaze while bars are cooling in pan.
Add additional water as needed to form a thick, pourable glaze.
Pour glaze over warm bars and spread with a pastry or silicone brush.
Cool before cutting.
Store in an airtight container.

Copyright © 2016 Stefanie Samara Hamblen