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 this raw version. 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.
Raw Fig Newtons [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 2 cups almond meal (if using almond flour, add 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups dried figs, soaked in very hot water until soft
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 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 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
- 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 eight even logs, then slice those in half to create 16 Fig Newtons.
- Store in the fridge. Share with friends.