Preheat oven to 350°. Place dried figs in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and allow figs to soften for 5–7 minutes. Do not drain.
Lightly coat an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix canola oil or butter, honey, and milk. In a medium bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.
Remove softened figs from water and place in a food processor or blender. Add 3 tablespoons of the rehydrating water. Purée until smooth.
Place slightly more than half of the oat mixture in the prepared pan; spread evenly across pan bottom. Spread figs evenly on top. Add remaining oat mixture on top of fig layer, allowing some fig to show through. Pat lightly to flatten. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan on a wire rack. When cool, cut into 16 squares.
Oat and Fig Squares
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 33g11%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.