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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

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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

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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.

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?

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Friday 4th of November 2016

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

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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!