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Deconstructed Fig Newtons

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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!)

Ingredients:

(For cookie)

  • 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

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make the filling: Combine figs, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon in food processor and pulse until the figs are chunky and chopped. Set aside
  3. Mak the cookie crust: Combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, and applesauce in medium bowl until fully mixed.
  4. Using a cupcake or muffin tin, divide the cookie crust into 12 even balls and press dough on the bottom of the cups.
  5. Top each cup evenly with the fig filling.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. 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.

Check out that crust!

Check out that crust!