Recipe: Fig, Pistachio and Prune Bars

Looking for a healthy snack recipe? Try Jacqueline Alwill's fig, pistachio and prune bars. They're jam-packed with flavour and essential nutrients.

Prune Bars, snack recipe, Jacqueline Alwill, The Brown Paper Bag Nutrition

For this recipe I’ve combined a few of my favourite flavours in the kitchen to create a slice-brownie scenario, which is a delightful change from chocolate flavours of cacao and super sweetness of dates. But, it still provides a deliciously rich flavour and a whole heap of fibre too (can’t say I didn’t warn you here!). We need a good dose of fibre in our day, because it helps stabilise energy levels, appetite and supports the healthy of our cardiovascular and digestive system.

Fig, Pistachio and Prune Bars

Serves 6


1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup shelled pistachios

1/2 cup prunes 

1/2 cup dried figs

1/4 cup unsweetened carob powder


Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend for 30 seconds until the mixture comes together. Line a small loaf tin (10x15cm) with baking paper and press the mixture into the tin. Use the back of a spatula to create an even finish. Place in the freezer to set for 1 hour, then slice and serve. Store in fridge or freezer up to 2 weeks.

Jacqueline Alwill, Seasons To Share, prune bars

Seasons to Share by Jacqueline Alwill (Murdoch Books) $39.99, available in bookstores and online.

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Jacqueline Alwill
Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified nutritionist, personal trainer and mother. Jacqueline believes that living optimally is about finding the balance on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level, loving your body and feeling well nourished. Jacqueline has always loved food, it started young and the passion hasn’t dimmed. She wanted to teach people to have a similar love for their health and nutrition, which is where The Brown Paper Bag has grown from. Jacqueline's company, The Brown Paper Bag originated from a simple concept: sharing nutritious food. A little bundle of wholefood goodness waiting for you in a Brown Paper Bag, at home or as you leave her nutrition practice because good health and good food is about sharing it with those around you. Brown Paper Bag is now one of the most in demand Sydney wholefoods catering services with the who’s who of the corporate, fashion and media industry. But the sharing doesn’t just stop there, Jacqueline has a regular health blog on RUSSH magazine and regularly provides her nutritional opinion on news such as The Project, Sky Business, Dolly Magazineetc. Jacqueline is currently busy working on her ambassador roles with the Bioglan Superfoods Program and five:am, healthy breakfast range assisting with nutritional info, recipes and expert opinion. Away from the kitchen, Jacqueline is an avid runner and a bit of a marathon junkie.