Don’t these Raw Fig and Cherry Bars look just heavenly? I just want to sink my teeth into them. Well, OK I did! I have made these many times and find that I love them with dried cranberries as well as the dried cherries. I also have used raw almond butter in place of the tahini. That’s the beauty of raw, you can easily substitute ingredients and create new masterpieces!
Did you know that figs are a great source of calcium, which is one of the most important components in strengthening bones. It is also rich in phosphorus, which encourages bone formation and spurs regrowth if there is any damage or degradation to bones. I always knew how important calcium was but never thought of getting it from figs. (1)
I really do like figs but I have to say that I LOVE cherries. The health benefits of cherry include a boost to eye care, a stronger immune system, and improved digestion. Speaking of digestion… I must shamefully admit that I tend to eat fresh cherries until my tummy hurts. They are my weakness. Will power goes right out the door and doesn’t even bother to look back. hehe
When it comes to making these bars, you can either dehydrate them or not. If you decide not to dry them, you will want to keep them stored in the fridge or freezer. They will be sticky but ooooh so yummy.
By dehydrating them, you will extend the shelf life, plus they will be finger-friendly, meaning… not so sticky. I like to have snacks on hand that can hit the road with us. I always, always, always pack snacks to eat for Bob. He is my grazer. So when I pack up bars such as these, I like to pop them in an old eye-glass case. That way it can be thrown in my purse or bag and it won’t get squished. Well, it’s time, time to dirty some dishes and get busy. I mean You, not me, I already did that. hehe Enjoy and many blessings.