FIG-tastic Chewy Cookie Bar

Fig Newtonphoto-2image-3image-4photo-3image-2This is a raw and vegan interpretation of the classic Fig Newton, which dates back to 1891, that I happily renamed the Fig-tastic Chewy Cookie Bar! It is also gluten free, kiddos! The Fig Newton is hands down my moms favorite cookie but I never fully understood why until I made these! HOLY COW they are delicious and positively bursting with health benefits! Also, being the adventurous cook that I am, I added some dried apricots to the mix up as well (good idea)!  Feel free to get creative with the dried fruit my friends, this would be a hard recipe to mess up. Photographing these proved to be a challenge because I couldn’t stop eating them…

Benefits of Figs:

  • High in potassium – which helps lower cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber- good for weight management and digestion
  • Good source of calcium- bone density. KAPOW!

Recipe: FIG-tastic Chewy Cookie Bar – aka the Fig Newton

What you need:

Dough:

1 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/4 tspn cinnamon

1-2 tbsp raw honey or agave nectar

1-2 tspn water

Filling:

1 cup dried figs- soaked in water to soften

1/2 cup dried apricots- soaked in water to soften

1/2-1 tbls water

Method:
Combine the walnuts, cashews and cinnamon in the bowl of your food processor and grind until it resembles a meal. Add the honey or agave and process until it is well combined and crumbly. Then add 1tspn of water at a time until a ball of dough forms in the processor. If you add to much water, simply add more nuts. Remove the dough and form into a ball and roll out on a piece of parchment paper. Place in the freeze to stiffen. Clean out your processor and add the soaked figs and water. Process until a paste forms. Remove dough from freezer and spread the paste over the surface evenly. Roll up like a cinnamon roll/ pinwheel or completely in half to form a classic looking Fig Newton. Cut the cookies appropriately and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
xoxo,
SSP
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