Homemade Healthy Fig Newton Cookies
This is a treat that many people remember from childhood. Fig Newton cookies are often considered a family favorite. This recipe for sweet healthy fig newton cookies offers you a healthier, fresher version that you can bake right in your own oven.
Fresh made food is always the best option. Preservatives and anything baked in large commercial kitchens will not carry the energy of love that is infused into homemade dishes. Food carries energy. The energy of love is a powerful healer of the body, mind, and heart. The food we put in our bodies changes our frequency and changes our bodies.
You may be wondering, “Why make these at home when I can buy them at the store?” The answer is health. These are just a few of the ingredients in the commercial brand: high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, sodium benzoate, natural and artificial flavor, soybean oil, sugar (and the list goes on). These unhealthy ingredients interfere with the optimal functioning of the body.
We don’t have to give up sweet treats. We just need to make them ourselves with healthier ingredients.
Figs are high in minerals and soluble fiber, rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper. They are also a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.
Dates are great sources of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium. Magnesium and zinc can be found in them as well. Dates also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Even though these sweet treats are higher in natural sugars, they include fiber and nutrients that offset the effects sugar has on the body.
Recipe for healthy fig newton cookies
- 1 cup dried figs
- 3 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond meal
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add the eggs, coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Use a hand blender to combine.
- Add the almond meal, baking soda, and salt. Blend again until completely combined.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill until the figs are ready.
- Place the figs, dates, and orange juice to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until the figs are soft and the juice is slightly reduced.
- Place the mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place onto a sheet of parchment paper.
- Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a long thin rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Spread the fig filling across the middle of the rectangle.
- Use the parchment paper to fold the bottom third of the dough over the top of the fig filling.
- Peel back the paper and repeat with the top third of the dough, forming a long log.
- Pinch the ends of the log together to seal in the filling.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the log into the desired amount of pieces.
- Space the pieces out on the parchment paper and place onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
- Store in an airtight container.
These healthy fig newton cookies are one guilt-free, deliciously sweet treat you can feel great about sharing with family and friends!
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