Thursday, June 26, 2014

Figgy Bites



You can thank my daughter for calling these little balls of delight "Figgy Bites". She gets full credit for naming them.

I was going for the obvious choice: Fig Balls.  

I think she was a bit embarrassed...LOL

I am loving them no matter what we call them.  They disappeared from our fridge really fast.

In my mind it is like eating just the center of a Fig Newton.  This used to be my favorite cookie before I found out that my body doesn't like wheat.  Some day I hope to work on a gluten free Fig Newton Cookie but for the time being I will just eat a few Figgy Bites.

They are really easy to make.  The centers are great by themselves and that makes them a simple snack.  But if you want to up the WOW factor and add a gourmet touch then add a coating.  I chose to roll mine in crushed almonds.  

Rye?  CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Guess which ones were eaten first?  

I also thought they would be awesome rolled in toasted coconut, pistachios, crushed Chex cereal, and cocoa powder.  The cocoa powder would make them look like truffles.  YUM!

Next week I have some great recipes coming out.  I have been sharing a lot of simple things because that is what has been easy for me the last 9 months.  I am pretty much back into the groove of things and working on some more advanced recipes for the gluten free cook.  I have a wonderful gluten free pasta dough and a blueberry bread loaf that will knock your socks off or flip flops (summer time wear).

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ENJOY!


Figgy Bites

1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup soft dehydrated figs, stems removed
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup maple syrup

Coating the bites is your choice: any ground nut, cocoa powder, toasted coconut, etc

1.  I used my Vitamix.  I tossed everything into the pitcher and let it blend until well combined.  Use the stomper to mix as it blends.

2.  If you do not have a Vitamix, then use a food processor.  Add all of the ingredients and blend until the ingredients.  If it is having trouble blending because the dough is stiff, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough forms.  It should be stiff but I don't want you to burn up your food processor.

3.  I used a cookie scoop.  A small size is perfect.  Scooped the fig dough into balls and placed them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

4.  Remove and roll in your choice of coatings: nuts, chocolate, sprinkles, cocoa powder, etc...

5.  Store in the refrigerator.

Written by Sherron Watson




4 comments:

  1. These look gorgeous, Sherron and sound like perfect sweet treat! Pinned!!

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  2. I never cared for Fig Newtons but I love figs. I know it sounds dumb but as a kid I just thought it a funny name and never really considered it was because they had figs in them. Truth. These? Yummy!!

    I'm with your daughter on the name; I can never get Alec Baldwin and his Schweaty Balls out of my consciousness. :)

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    1. I love that Alex Baldwin skit. We recently showed it to our big kids so now they get the whole "schweaty ball" joke when we use it. Thanks for the support and your comment. Have a great day.

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