Home Made Fig Newtons
Home Made Fig Newtons
Home Made Fig Newtons
Created by Mike's Pizza on 1/23/2019 7:41:33 PM

Prep time 30 mins  Cook time 10 mins Total time 40 mins
8 ingredient, naturally sweetened no bake fig newtons with nut-date cookie dough and a simple dried fig center. An incredibly tender, delicious take on classic fig newtons.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 24
1/4 cup (22.5 g) oats
1 cup (112 g) raw almonds
1 cup (100 g) raw pecans
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 cups (~250 g) firmly packed pitted dates (~23-26 dates | measured after pitting)
8 ounces (227 g) dried black mission figs, stems removed (plus hot water for soaking)
1 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
8-10 pitted dates (to sweeten)
optional: 1-2 Tbsp (12-24 g) coconut sugar (to sweeten)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and arrange oats and nuts on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, rotating the pan near the the halfway mark to ensure even cooking, until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside.
Once slightly cooled, add oats, nuts, and sea salt to a food processor and process into a fine meal with salt. Remove from processor and set aside.
Add pitted dates to food processor and mix/pulse until small bits remain or it forms a ball. Scoop out and set aside.
Add nuts and oats back to food processor and spoon in the mixed dates. Mix/pulse until a loose dough is formed when squeezed between two fingers.
Spread the “dough” onto a clean parchment-lined surface and top flatten down with hands. Then top with another piece of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and use hands to form into a rectangle. Then halve with a knife so there are two equal strips.
Add figs (stems removed) to a mixing bowl and cover with hot (not boiling) water. Soak for 3 minutes, then drain but reserve fig water for later (to thin filling).
Add figs to food processor and blend into a ball (see photo), then add orange zest, ground cinnamon, salt and mix. Add reserved date water a little at a time until it starts to form a paste, but be careful not to add too much - you want it to be thick but spreadable.
Next add as many dates and/or coconut sugar as desired to sweeten and blend to combine. I used 10 dates and 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut sugar. However, you could also leave it as is.
Spread the fig paste (or transfer spread into a plastic or piping bag and “pipe”) into 1-inch thick lines down the center of your two date-nut strips. Be careful not to add too much filling that your cookie dough can’t fold over. You may have leftover filling (which can be reserved to add to baked goods, oatmeal, or future cookies).
Next use the parchment paper to gently roll the edges of the dough over the fig filling until your two dough ends meet. The dough may crack a little, but because it’s moist it will reform as you continue rolling/forming. Like sushi, use the parchment paper to tighten and gently form the seams of the dough together.
For ease of transfer, cut both of the cookie logs in half and use a spatula or pie server to gently transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes (up to 1 hour or overnight) to set/firm up. Then use a sharp knife to slice into roughly 1-inch slices. There should be about 22-24 cookies.
Enjoy immediately. Store in the refrigerator in a well-sealed container up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month! They’re delicious and tender right out of the fridge.
*Fig center loosely adapted from Martha Stewart and Giada de Laurentiis.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 24 cookies using all of the fig filling and 8 additional dates in the filling.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie of 24 Calories: 115 Fat: 5.5 g Saturated fat: 0.5 g Carbohydrates: 16.9 g Sugar: 12.2 g Sodium: 32 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 2.1 g


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