Eat it NOW!!! Figs, the dried ones are great in winter, by supple fresh fruit’s a luxury from summer to early fall. Just sink your teeth into their velvety skin for the delicate crunch of tiny seeds in sweet, tender flesh. Sure, you can cook figs – but they’re best simply adorned. To celebrate their season here are some tasty bits of benefits and bites.
And the bites…………..
Raw Fig Newtons
These fig newtons are low in sugar, packed with fiber, and bursting with flavor. It’s snacks like these that remind us that eating a wholesome diet is more than just wonderful tasting food, it’s fun and exciting too!
- 2 cups almond meal (if using almond flour, add ¼ cup)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup almond milk, or other nondairy milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1½ cups dried figs
- 1½ tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1½ tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract
- Place the dried figs in very hot water and set aside while you make the dough.
- For the dough, place everything in your food processor and mix until everything is combined and a slightly sticky dough forms.
- Place ball of dough on a large piece of wax paper. Place a second piece of wax paper on top and, with a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about ⅛-1/4 inch thick.
- For the filling, drain the hot water from the figs. Put figs, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in your food processor and mix until mixture resembles a jam and no chunks of fig remain.
- Starting from the center line of the dough, spread the filling over one half, leaving a slight border along the edge of the dough.
- Using the wax paper, fold the other half of the dough over the filling and press the edges together.
- Cut off the extra dough along the edges (this can be a snack for later!), but be careful not to cut too close to the filling.
- Place in the fridge for an hour.
- Slice into 8 even logs, then slice those in half to create 16 fig newtons. Store in the fridge. Share with friends. Move your body and eat mindfully:)
Live a Juicy Life, Jackie