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Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Fig Bars

If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you would love these peanut butter fig bars. Soft, chewy and bursting with flavours from childhood.

Peanut Butter Fig Bars

I’m going home to Manila you guys! It’s been almost 3 years since I saw my family so I am beyond excited.

I’ll meet my niece for the first time, I’ll get to hang out with my nephew who was a baby when I left, I’ll get to see the whole family (and we’re a very large extended family) at my grandma’s 85th birthday party (which is the reason I’m going home though don’t tell her…it’s a surprise!).

I heart my grandma

My grandma (Nanay) is literally the best person I know. She is kind and loving and generous.

She is mom to 10 boys (yes, 10 and yes, all boys!), grandma to 20+ grandkids, and great-grandma to a lot more (sorry, I’ve lost count).

And her heart is big enough to love each and every one of us completely and without reservations.

In 5th grade we were made to write an essay about who our hero was and I wrote an essay about her. I kid you not.

Peanut butter fig bars


She used to prepare these peanut butter sandwiches for us kids whenever we visit. Lily’s Peanut Butter was the brand I remember. Slathered on a hot pandesal.

So last weekend, instead of packing (which I tend to do last minute…drives Red insane), I decided to bake something peanut buttery.

I thought of Nanay and those peanut butter sandwiches and out came these soft and chewy peanut butter fig bars that filled me with so many happy memories!

Hope they make you happy too.

Peanut butter and jelly

Peanut Butter Fig Bars

I think peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a North American phenomenon. Filipino kids didn’t grow up eating it.

Sure we saw it on TV and in the movies but in real life, we had good old plain peanut butter sandwiches.

So when I moved here I thought I should really find out what the fuss is all about. I tried peanut butter with different kinds of jam but fig was the only one that I liked.

So for these bars, I used fig but if you have another favourite, feel free to use that. Just note how sweet or sour your chosen jam is and adjust the recipe accordingly.

Warm or chilled, always soft and chewy

Peanut Butter Fig Bars

These bars are soft and chewy out of the oven, and even the next day cold straight out of the fridge! They are great snacks, tea cakes, breakfast on the go.

No mixer required

They are so easy to make too. Stir and fold and bake. You don’t even need to bust out your mixer!

So go on. Bake some and bask in peanut butter goodness. I’m gonna go pack.

Peanut Butter Fig Bars

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Fig Bars

Author: Jolina
If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you would love these peanut butter fig bars. Soft, chewy and bursting with flavours from childhood.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine North American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 246 kcal


  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1 pc large egg room temperature
  • 1 pc egg yolk (from a large egg) room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • ½ cup fig jam


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9×9 inch baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk 1 ¼ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir ½ cup melted butter and ¾ cup brown sugar until thick and smooth.
  • And the eggs to your sugar mixture and stir until incorporated.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ cup peanut butter and stir until smooth and well combined.
  • Add your flour mixture in 3 stages and gently fold. Do not over mix or your bars will turn out tough and crumbly. Little specks of flour here and there are OK.
  • Then gently fold in 1 cup salted peanuts.
  • Then again the ½ cup fig jam. Again, try not to overwork the batter to ensure soft and chewy bars. The peanuts and the jam don't need to be fully incorporated in the batter.
  • Transfer the batter to your prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you see browning at the edges. Cool in the pan before cutting into squares.


Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 136mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 179IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Back-to-School, Childhood Favourite, Easy, Picnic
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy baking!

Did you make peanut butter fig bars? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it. Do you have a favourite treat your grandma made you?

Rate the Recipe


Friday 4th of November 2016

How delilsh. Love peanut butter so this is great :)

Sandra Garth

Friday 30th of September 2016

I'm the only person in my family who has a thing for figs. That means I won't have to share these! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend!

Tiina A

Thursday 29th of September 2016

Thanks for this recipe! I've been looking for something like this one - not too complicated bars for snack. Sometimes the snack bar recipes are a bit too difficult to make without special equipments, but this one seems to be perfect for me as well.


Friday 30th of September 2016

Glad to hear that Tiina! You don't even need a mixer for this one :) Hope you like it!

Ashley Voicu

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

I love figs and peanut butter. I will definitely try this recipe.


Wednesday 28th of September 2016

Hi Ashley! I do love this combination. Hope you like it!

Tami Qualls

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

My little guy enjoys peanut butter sandwiches. In my opinion, it's a little to often for me to eat since I usually choose not to cook just for myself. Maybe this recipe can be my adult version of his pb&j. Then again, he may enjoy them, too.


Wednesday 28th of September 2016

Yes, maybe think of it as a treat for you that you can share with him lol. Hope you guys like them!