Deconstructed Fig Newtons
I found this recipe in a moment of weakness. This past week, I binged on cooking shows and almond butter to great excess, and I found that the more I consumed both, the more disconnected from reality I became. I mindlessly stuffed my brain and body until I began to imagine myself as a contestant on Food Network being chastised by Anthony Bourdain for my lack of cheese in any and all of my meals. I lived blissfully in this state of indecision until that fateful moment that snapped me back to reality. I ate the remaining spoonful of almond butter, and I needed to make a dish for the Whole Life Challenge Paleo Potluck. And as almond butter is the staple ingredient my go-to pot luck recipe, almond butter banana muffins, I was screwed. Luckily, this easy recipe digitally fell in my lap from this website and with a little inspiration from my dad. Fig Newtons are his favorite cookie, and since I'll be visiting my family soon, I wanted to find a healthy dessert to make for them. And, let's be honest, this recipe will blow your store bought Fig Newtons out of the freaking water. (Pro tip: the cookie base can be used for ANYTHING, not just these fig cookies. Expand your world and go wild!)
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
(For fig filling)
- 10 oz dried figs
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Make the filling: Combine figs, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon in food processor and pulse until the figs are chunky and chopped. Set aside
- Mak the cookie crust: Combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, and applesauce in medium bowl until fully mixed.
- Using a cupcake or muffin tin, divide the cookie crust into 12 even balls and press dough on the bottom of the cups.
- Top each cup evenly with the fig filling.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Eat and enjoy!
These cookies are naturally sweetened, filling, and really wonderful to share at picnics with friends.
7g fat/20g carbs/4g protein/150 calories (per cookie of 12 cookies)
Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.