2 Dessert Recipes For National Fig Week
The first week of November is National Fig Week, a time to celebrate nature’s candy! Figs are an interesting food, as they are inverted flowers that bloom inside the pod, which matures into the fruit we eat. They are one of the healthiest foods in the world, as they are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and fiber, while also being low in sugar and calories. As a bonus to their nutritional benefits, figs are also delicious!
Peanut Butter Fig Bars
I bet this treat’s name got your attention; who doesn’t love a peanut butter bar? These bars are so rich and fudge-like, they’re a great option for a new and unique dessert. The fig crust has a sweetness similar to grape jelly, and the crispy figs seeds create an interesting texture that works perfectly. With only six simple (and vegan) ingredients, this is the perfect recipe for those who don't want to spend hours making their dessert, but would rather eat them right away!
The ingredients for the filling include: 2 cups peanut butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/8 cup coconut nectar, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional, if your peanut butter is salted), and the ingredients for the crust include 1 1/2 cups dried figs (Turkish or Mission,) and 1/2 cup walnuts.
First, cut off the fig stems and cut them in half. Then, blend the walnuts and figs until they start to stick together to form a crust, and pat it down firmly into an 8x6 inch glass dish. Last, blend together filling ingredients, and pour it on top of the crust. Then just let the bars freeze for about an hour, and enjoy!
Raspberry Fig Bars
Another simple and delicious treat that makes the perfect snack or dessert are raspberry fig bars. Once you hear the ingredient list of maple syrup, figs, coconut, and raspberries, you won’t be able to get the perfect flavor combination of sweet and tart out of your head- you’ll have to just try them for yourself!
Once again, the recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and uses many ingredients you probably already have: 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup pecans, 1/2 cup almond flour or ground almonds, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup maple syrup, about 15 dried mission figs, 12 ounces (about 2 cups) raspberries, frozen or fresh.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Blend nuts and oats in a food processor until coarsely ground, then add fids and maple syrup and blend it all together. Pour the mix into a bowl and stir in almond flour and coconut. Then, pour the 3/4 of the mix into an 8x8 inch pan, after placing down a piece of parchment paper or greasing with coconut oil or spray. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove to cover the crust with raspberries and cover with the remaining mix. Bake for another 25 minutes, let them cool before slicing, and they’re ready to eat!
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