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FIG NEWTONS – Gluten Free

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

The other day when I was at the grocery store with my children, my son mentioned how much he liked fig newtons.¬† I happen to love fig newtons too.¬† I can remember being a kid and mowing through a whole sleeve of them myself.¬† Have I mentioned that I used to have a MAJOR sugar addiction that I still have to work to control?¬† That’s why it is so great to make sweets at home.¬† When you make homemade treats you know exactly what goes into them and can make healthy substitutions.¬† When I use stevia, coconut sugar, Somersweet, agave¬†(which they now sell at our local Costco), or yacon syrup¬†I do not get the crazy insulin swings that lead me to a sugar binge.

I knew I had some dried figs in the pantry at home and got to thinking that it would be a lot of fun to MAKE fig newtons with my kids.¬† This is¬†the recipe we used¬†(gluten and dairy free) from Elana’s Pantry.¬†¬†Elana has been a Guest Blogger here on Veggie Grettie.

These cookies were yummy, but when I make them next time I plan on not using the lemon and will substitute with water or OJ instead.  These cookies are also very moist, which tastes great, but for fun I will be adding some gluten free flour or oat bran to the dough next time to firm it up (I will just add it until I feel it reaches the right consistency) as well as using only 2 Tbs of oil. 

INGREDIENTS – Makes 20 cookies

Filling:
1 cup dried figs
¬Ĺ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (they are pretty lemony…next time I plan on using water or OJ¬†instead)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Dough:
2 ¬Ĺ cups blanched almond flour
¬Ĺ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¬Ĺ cup agave nectar
¬ľ cup yacon syrup
¬ľ cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Place figs in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds until they are well chopped
  2. Add lemon juice and vanilla; process until a smooth paste results
  3. In a large bowl, combine almond flour and salt
  4. In a smaller bowl, combine agave, yacon, grapeseed oil and vanilla
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry, then refrigerate dough for 1 hour
  6. Divide chilled dough into 4 parts
  7. Between 2 pieces of parchment paper , roll out 1 part of the dough into a 10 x 4 inch rectangle, ¬ľ inch thick
  8. Spread ¬ľ of the filling evenly down the right side (lengthwise) of the rectangle
  9. Fold the dough in half down the long side –resulting in a 10 x 2 inch bar
  10. “Mend” the seam¬†so the bar is symmetrical
  11. Repeat with 3 remaining parts of dough and filling
  12. Transfer each bar to a parchment lined baking sheet; bake at 350¬į for 10-15 minutes (Mine took 25 minutes to cook)
  13. Allow to cool slightly; cut bar every 2 inches to form the fig newtons
  14. Serve

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

To learn more about Elana Amsterdam click here. 

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