Homemade Fig Newtons

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Before we cleaned up our diet, Fig Newtons were a big staple around here.  We all know how fig newtons are often touted as a healthy cookie option for kids.  So when I read the label for my Fig Newton Exposed post, I was disgusted at all the nasty stuff in them!  My healthy fig newton recipe is so much healthier than store bought ones and a fig newton you can feel good about giving your kids. These fig newtons also taste better in my opinion.

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These are made with whole grains and no refined sugars, unlike the real cookies.  The real cookies contain high fructose corn syrup. :(  You can also use the recipe as a base to add in your own fillings.  If you filled these with fruit, they would almost taste like a Nutri-Grain bar as well.  The possibilities are endless.  I also added a little cinnamon to the dough to spice it up a bit.  I think it turned out well that way.  One other thing to note is, using the coconut oil will not make them taste like coconut at all, but it does help add a sweetness to the cookies.

Homemade Fig Newtons

Homemade Fig Newtons

Homemade Fig Newtons

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 16 cookies

Homemade Fig Newtons

A healthier version of the classic cookie.



    For the filling
  • In a food processor, grind up the figs, 1 T 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. I think I used about 1 tablespoon.
  • Blend into a paste and set aside.
  • For the cookie
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl, mix the wet.
  • 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. I tried to roll my dough as square as possible.
  • Once the dough is rolled out, spread the fig mixture onto half of the dough.
  • Once the fig mixture is spread, fold 1 half of the dough onto the other and cut into squares. I cut mine into about 2×2 squares and used a pizza cutter to do so.
  • Place on lined baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
  • I got about 16 out of my batch.

They should last a couple of weeks, but you can refrigerate them to make them last even longer. Enjoy!


140 thoughts on “Homemade Fig Newtons

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog after googling “homemade fig bars”, was I shocked to see that it actually sounds much easier than I expected! My dad and sister and I love them, we normally buy them from Amish Markets, never thinking we could actually make them ourselves! I’ve seen you comment about blueberry chia jam as a filling, but was wondering if you thought you could use dried blueberries instead since you used dried figs? I realize this is not rocket science, but just wanted your thoughts (In my mind you are the supreme cook), I’m super excited to try to make these!

    1. I think dried blueberries might work well in these. You might have to add a little water though. I hope you enjoy my recipe. :)

  2. Hello! for flax eggs, can i just use two normal eggs?
    and for the dried figs, i am using figs from my tree, how should i dry them out. i don’t have a dehydrator.

  3. I just made these with fresh figs, and though they are a bit goopey (I should have read these comments beforehand so I could have corrected this), they are delicious! My husband and I both really like them! I am so excited to have a cookie treat to put into my preschooler’s lunchbox that is healthy and that she will enjoy:-) She is used to real food lunches and never complains about what I pack for her, but I am excited to be able to give her something fun and different that is still real food and didn’t take me all day to make!
    Thanks so much for your creative recipes and for your dedication to helping people enjoy real food! Your recipes are always a part of our weekly meal plans:-)

  4. Yay, thank you! I, too was heartbroken when I read the label on the Fig Newtons. We were avoiding HFCS anyway, then my hubby was diagnosed with diabetes and we had to really take a long hard look at the rest of our diet. Maple syrup is one of our primary sweeteners and the whole grain flour makes this a perfect treat. I will have to make them soon.

  5. I made these this weekend and they were delicious – I made a few mods, I used applesauce instead of water with the figs – and then I didn’t have coconut oil so I used applesauce instead of the coconut oil in the cookie part as well. I also used half whole wheat flour and half white wheat flour. I thought they were so good, I ran over to my neighbors house to give her some while they were still hot as well.

  6. Wow! I’ve just made these for a tea dance I am holding tomorrow afternoon and they are amazing! I’m wondering if there’ll enough left for the tea dancers!
    I halved the recipe and got 28!
    Thank you for sharing!

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