Denise says:

  • Breakfast, dessert or tea – this granola bake is definitely a firm family favourite.
  • Figs are one of the significant omens that we enjoy over the New Year festivities, where we wish for good health and good times.  I love to add ingredients that have meaning and symbolism, especially at such an auspicious and joyful time.


  • 100ml almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 125g non-dairy margarine
  • 420g dried figs – stalks removed and roughly chopped
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g granola – your favourite type


  1. Mix the almond milk and lemon juice together and leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour boiling water over the figs so that they are covered, leave for 5 minutes to soften. Drain and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C / Gas mark 4.
  4. Line a 23cm x 23cm baking tin with baking parchment, with enough paper that it covers the sides of the tin.
  5. Place the chopped figs in a single even layer on the base of the baking tin.
  6. Using a food processor, combine the margarine, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, almond milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract and whizz until the mixture is smooth and shiny.
  7. Pour the mixture over the figs and spread evenly.
  8. Top with the granola, pressing down onto the batter so it sticks.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean.
Leave for 5 minutes to cool before turning out and cutting into squares.