Now that Halloween is over and you’ve no doubt had your fill of candy, it’s time to turn to nature’s candy. The first week of November is National Fig Week and if figs are not part of your usual menu, it’s time to find out what you’re missing. Figs are soft, chewy and sweet and they’re perfect for both sweet and savory dishes.
If we asked you to name ten of the healthiest foods, would figs be on your list? Well, they should be. Figs are high in potassium, vitamin B6, calcium, and fiber while being low in sugar and calories.
Figs pair beautifully with warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and allspice. They also complement citrus fruits, salty vegan cheeses and nuts, and aromatics such as garlic and olives. For ideas, see last year’s 15 Fabulous Recipes With Figs and then we have 15 more delicious recipes for fig lovers and future fig lovers alike.
1. Creamy Fig Cheesecake Bites
If you’ve never tried figs before, these Creamy Fig Cheesecake Bites are a good place to start. If you love figs, you’ve come to the right place. These bite-sized treats start with a cocoa-pecan-raisin crust, continue with a cashew cream and fig layer, and are then topped with roasted pecans and fig slices. Delectable and delicate.
2. Orange, Fig, and Baobab Cheesecake
Remember the baobab tree from “The Little Prince?” Who would have thought that baobab was a superfood plus it tastes great! This Orange, Fig, and Baobab Cheesecake is a delicious, creamy dessert that is made entirely of natural, whole foods so you can enjoy every mouthful! This no-bake cheesecake has a crust made from nuts and dates and a filling made from cashews, banana, figs, and baobab.
3. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, Fig, and Oat Bars
Strike the right balance of salty and sweet with these chewy Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, Fig, and Oat Bars! Made from whole foods ingredients, it’s the perfect snack to pack in lunch boxes, or to grab when you’re on the go. Everyone will love these so make a double batch.
4. Caramelized Banana and Fig Ice Cream Bars
These Caramelized Banana and Fig Ice Cream Bars are simply amazing. They’re made with sweet coconut cream, fresh fig, caramelized bananas, and even chocolate! The bananas add a sweet and creamy flavor to the already fantastic recipe while the chocolate adds yet another layer of decadence. These ice cream bars will definitely be the talk of the town.
5. Almond Rosemary Crackers With Fig and Olive Tapenade
The next time you need an appetizer to impress your guests, serve these Almond Rosemary Crackers With Fig and Olive Tapenade. The fig tapenade is literally what dreams are made of assuming you like the combo of salty and sweet. The savory olives mixed with nectarous dried figs makes this an iteration on tapenade that trumps all other tapenades.
6. Char-Grilled Eggplant With Almonds, Pumpkin and Figs
Roasted pumpkin, grilled eggplant, crunchy almonds, and sweet figs are just a few of the ingredients that make this salad. Not only is this veggie dish of Char-Grilled Eggplant With Almonds, Pumpkin and Figs bursting with a variety of textures and flavors, it’s also eye-catchingly vibrant and colorful! It’s super-easy to throw together for a satisfying lunch or dinner.
7. Tahini Dark Chocolate Chunk Blondies With Caramelized Ginger and Figs
Oh, these Tahini Dark Chocolate Chunk Blondies are heavenly! Nutty tahini, dark chocolate chunks, caramelized ginger, and figs?! Does it really get any better than that? This could possibly be the ultimate autumn dessert. Plus, it’s pretty good for you, as far as desserts go!
8. Toasted Quinoa Cereal With Pistachios and Figs
Crunchy, toasty, and oh-so-packed with protein, this perfectly spiced bowl of Toasted Quinoa Cereal With Pistachios and Figs is a delicious way to start your day. Toasting the quinoa and a handful of pistachios add nuttiness while the dried figs add sweetness and a chewy texture. This cereal makes a great topper for coconut yogurt, fruit smoothies, or pair it with non-dairy milk and eat it as a cereal!
9. Double Chocolate Layer Cake
You don’t need a bunch of coconut oil and nuts to make an amazingly indulgent raw dessert. This Double Chocolate Layer Cake uses figs for creaminess and sweetness, and oats and buckwheat groats instead of nuts — the only place you find coconut oil is in the optional chocolate sauce. It’s sweet, rich, creamy, and quite a treat. Except for the fact that everything in it is perfectly great for you. So eat the whole thing if you want.
10. Autumn Oatmeal Breakfast Bake With Figs and Persimmons
Sometimes waking up can feel like a chore. This Autumn Oatmeal Breakfast Bake With Figs and Persimmons will have you jumping out of bed in the morning. The warm, caramel flavor of persimmons complement the sweet honey-like taste of figs so well in this autumn-inspired oatmeal dish!
11. Fancy Fig Custard Tart
On their own, figs have a uniquely sweet taste and a delicate, soft texture that is really addictive. But sliced into thick rounds and drowned in vanilla custard as in this Fancy Fig Custard Tart? That’s a one-way ticket to dessert heaven. You’ll immediately fall in love with this secretly healthy fig and custard tart!
12. Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples With Figs
You’ll be the apple of everyone’s eye when you make them these Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples With Figs. Figs, pecans, cinnamon, lemon, orange zest, and maple sugar are all stuffed into apples and slowly cooked until you have a warm and delicious dessert everyone will love. Make sure you choose Granny Smith apples, so you get a delectable combination of sweet and sour!
13. Raw Fig Newtons
Fig Newtons: you either love them or you hate them, but whatever your feelings towards the original cookie are, we guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for these Raw Fig Newtons. One bite of sweet figs wrapped in a chewy almond-chia dough will get you hooked instantly! Plus, they’re super good for you and make a perfect energy-boosting sweet snack.
14. Upside-Down Fig Frangipane Bars
These Upside-Down Fig Frangipane Bars are absolutely delicious – they’re not too sweet but so rich and decadent at the same time. Almond butter has this magical quality that just makes everything all the more flavorful, and the sweet potato gives the bars a creamy bite. Of course, the carob chia compote just breaks that with some delicious natural sweetness with that hint of “kapow” from the cayenne, so you don’t sit with a mouthful of sugar.
15. Speculoos Truffles With Fig Almond Crumble
Have you ever heard of speculoos? It’s a sweet and crunchy cookie with a nice hint of gingerbread spices. If you want something that tastes like a combination of caramel candy with gingerbread cookies, then make these Speculoos Truffles With Fig Almond Crumble. These raw energy bites taste like dessert, but are full of nourishing, whole foods ingredients, making them the perfect quick breakfast or pre-workout snack.
If you only know figs from the classic cookies, it’s time to get to know them in new ways. Perfect in both sweet and savory dishes, figs are nature’s delicious candy.
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