Shout out to my Mr. Fiancé for loving a Fig Newton. As many processed foods out there, it unfortunately is not the most nutrient dense, nor ingredient- friendly product on the shelves. It contains things like refined flours, refined sugars (i.e. HFCS), sulfites, and other preservatives, thickeners and GMO ingredients.
I took this as a challenge to make a “healthified,” nutrient-packed version. No refined flours, no refined sugars, no preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors. Nutritious, unrefined ingredients only. And fresh…local…juicy…delicious… FIGS 🙂
Besides these little fruits being naturally sweet and beautiful, they pack in a healthy dose of dietary fiber, as well as copper, magnesium and vitamin A. I love the idea of using fresh ingredients whenever possible- instead of the dried, canned or other processed alternatives. So here we have some homemade fresh fig newtons!
I would like to forewarn that a little bit of planning ahead is necessary in this recipe. The fig mixture must soak for a few hours to allow the natural flavors and juices to release. And, the dough should be refrigerated for about 30 minutes prior to rolling it out to avoid sticky frustration. Other than that, a little bit of mixing, measuring and love is all you need for this tasty treat.
And of course, the nutrition facts are below. The caloric density of one of these is slightly higher than the store bought version, but the lack of potentially hazardous ingredients definitely makes that insignificant. I don’t know about you, but a fresh “healthified” version of a treat is always amazing… and yes, my Fiancé approved 🙂