Sweet berries, mission figs, and dark chocolate come together in sweet harmony in these blackberry chocolate fig bars – an indulgent treat that’s gooey in all the right places and bursting with complex flavor.
While I typically think of fresh figs as an end of summer/early fall treat, I spotted some at Whole Foods this week, and naturally a dainty basket of delicate, deeply purple Mission figs made their way into my cart.
While those plump, fresh beauties were destined to be stuffed with soft goat cheese and wrapped in translucent prosciutto before baking to caramelized nirvana, they inspired me to dig through the back of my baking cabinet for some dried figs, which I combined with fresh, juicy Marion blackberries, deep dark chocolate, and a sweet oat cookie crumble to make these indulgent blackberry chocolate fig bars.
I thought it might all be a little much – the blackberries, figs, and chocolate – all layered between a rich and buttery cookie crust, but the trio balances each other out incredibly well.
Figs and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Chocolate and blackberries are two peas in a pod. And blackberries and figs are seasonal bffs, so why not combine all three?
I had my hopes, but when they emerged from the oven, these blackberry chocolate fig bars exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.
The figs add a subtle, earthy, and complex flavor and welcome chewiness that almost delves into caramel territory. The blackberries add a fresh burst of sweet and tangy goodness that cooks down into a near jammy swirl.
And the chocolate… well, I don’t need to sell you on the virtues of rich, melty dark chocolate.
The resultant bars are gooey in all the right places, easy to make, beaming with wonderfully complex flavor, and I hope you’ll be equally smitten!