NATIONAL FIG WEEK

TL NOVEMBER 1-7 IS NATIONAL FIG WEEK

I searched the internet for a healthier fig cookie recipe – and I found it!  If you want a Fig Newton without the preservatives and added stuff that does not nourish your body – here ya go!  You’re welcome!

Today I want to humbly remind us – yes – US – not just you…  we really ARE what we eat.  🙂

HEALTHY HOMEMADE FIG NEWTON COOKIES

(makes about 16 cookies)

INGREDIENTS:

For the cookie

2 C. white whole wheat flour

2 flax eggs (see video below for tutorial)

1/3 C. coconut oil

1/3 C. maple syrup

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 Tbs. almond milk

2 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce

For the filling

15-20 figs

1 Tbs. maple syrup

water

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the filling

In a food processor, grind up the figs, 1 Tbs. maple syrup and a bit of water.  You want the figs to be the consistency of peanut butter so only add a bit of water.  You won’t need more than about a Tablespoon.

Blend into a paste.  Set aside.

For the cookie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In one bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.

Add dry to wet and mix only until combined.  Be careful not to over-mix.  The dough will be sticky and a bit wet.

Gather it in a ball and wrap it.

Put the dough in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.

Once firm, roll the dough onto a floured surface.  Roll it as square as possible if you want your cookies to look like Fig Newtons.

Once the dough is rolled out, spread the fig mixture onto half of the dough.

Fold 1/2 of the dough onto the other and cut into 2 x 2 squares with a pizza cutter.

Place on lined baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes.

They will last a couple of weeks, but you can refrigerate them to make them last longer.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make flax eggs:

https://youtu.be/Zvus6_PLedo

Have fun!  🙂

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FIG NEWTON DAY

TL 1-16 FIG NEWTON DAY

 

1-16 I ATE A FIG NEWTON IN NEWTON

Happy FIG NEWTON DAY!!!

Remember when fat-free Newtons came out in 1993???

We were recently in a town about 20 miles North of Wichita called Newton.  I was in a weird mood (yes it does happen often, thank you for asking) and said, “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if I ate a Fig Newton here in Newton, Kansas?”  I was met with one of those, “I cannot believe you just said that” looks – and the subject was dropped…  temporarily.

Between shopping and talking and walking around, the subject of Fig Newtons was a million miles from my mind.  Then we walked into one of those mom and pop drug stores – you know the kind – they have everything and a few odd things that you would not expect to find.  Then my mind was jogged…  I spotted a package of – yes, Fig Newtons! 

When you’ve been married as long as I have, no words have to be spoken.  We just exchange glances and know what the other one is thinking.  This time I was met with an eye roll and a shrug.  Well, I didn’t take that as a “no” (exactly), so I walked over and grabbed a package and paid for them.  I noticed my husband had quickly moved to the other side of the store.  I wonder why he did not want to be seen with me?  Huh…

Maybe he was afraid I’d embarrass him.  LOL – who, ME??? 

I found a bench outside and tore the package open.  Drumroll…  I ate a Fig Newton…  in Newton, Kansas!  Yep – I did!!!  I was going to take a selfie, but I forgot the camera, so…

If nobody likes your selfie, what is the value of the self?  – Brandon Specktor

I only wanted one – I bought one of those single-serve packages that are kept close to the cash register because they weren’t sugar-free and I didn’t want to spike my blood sugar – just have a little fun.

 Dieting is wishful shrinking.  – Author Unknown

There’s no harm in a little innocent spontaneous behavior, is there???  The only thing that would have made that day better is if it had been Fig Newton Day.  Ah…  welp – maybe we can plan better next year.  We’ll see…  Wink!  😉