Before we cleaned up our diet, Fig Newtons were a big staple around here. They are often touted as a healthy 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! Mine are so much healthier and a cookie you can feel good about giving your kids.
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
For the cookie:
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 eggs (I used a flax egg replacement)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 T milk (I used oat milk)
2 T applesauce unsweetened
For the filling:
15-20 figs (I used dried Turkish Figs I got at Sprouts)
1 T maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350. 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. 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!