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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vegan + Gluten Free Copycat Fig Newton recipe

It may surprise you but there is a cookie that is good for the body. Fig Newtons, are cookies that are fairly healthy. Originally only in fig flavor but now days available in many other fruit choices as well. The newton cookie is filled with figs that are well known to have fiber that aids the digestion process. Figs also contain protein and several vitamins and minerals. In addition a serving of 2 fig newtons will supply the body with calcium, iron,os  potassium, fiber and protein. However, fig newtons do have a high sugar content. 

The sugar content of fig newtons is 12 mg of sugar. That does seem like a high amount for 2 cookies. The American Heart Association suggest no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 milligrams of added sugar for women and no more than 9 teaspoons or 32 mg for men. Thus suggesting eating a serving of fig newtons will take up 1/2 daily amount of sugar for women and a 1/3 for a man.

You may choose to try an alternative here are a few

  • Compared to Chips Ahoy!, fig Newtons have more sugar — but this is only by a gram per serving. There are 11 grams of sugar in each serving of Chips Ahoy! cookies.
  • Compared to Oreos, fig Newtons have less sugar. There are 14 grams of sugar in each serving of Oreos, and no fiber.
  • Compared to Nutter Butter, Nutter Butter is the clear winner. There are only 8 grams of sugar in Nutter Butter cookies compared to fig Newtons' 12 grams. Nutter Butter cookies also have twice as much protein per serving and the same amount of fiber.
  • Compared to Teddy Grahams, fig Newtons once again have more sugar. There are only 8 grams of sugar in a serving of Teddy Grahams, the same as Nutter Butter cookies. These cookies also have twice the amount of protein and twice the amount of fiber as fig Newtons

Fig Filling:
1½ Cups Dried Black Mission Figs (soaked in water overnight)
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
Cookie Dough:
1 Cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
¾ Cup Teff Flour
½ Tsp Baking Powder
¼ Cup Erythritol
½ Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
¼ Tsp Orange Extract
½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 TB Milled Flax Seed + 2 TB Water (mix together to gel)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
For the fig filling, combine the soaked figs, cinnamon, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until you don't have big pieces of figs anymore.
For the dough, in a large bowl combine all ingredients, adding the applesauce and gelled flax egg last.
Knead together and let sit for 5 minutes before rolling the dough out between two Silpats or parchment paper. (Rolled to about the size of the mats)
Cut the dough in half and spread the fig mixture, about 1 inch wide, on one of the cut halves of dough.
Fold the dough over to cover the fig filling, shape and flatten the top of the log smooth and pinch the dough seam of the log closed.
Repeat this process for the other half of the dough so you have 2 fig newton logs.
Now cut the logs into 1-2 inch bars and place them on a lined baking sheet.
Bake the bars for 15 minutes, let cool before enjoying.

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