This recipe had WAY too much sugar

Warm Brown Fig SauceWe made a warm brown sugar fig recipe which you can find here. However, we didn’t like it, and after eating the fig newtons and stuffed dates the other night, the students in our class voted unanimously that it was too sweet. We agreed with them. 

Was it tasty? Yes. Was it delicious over the coconut ice cream? Yes. It was just too sweet for our palates. 

Coconut Pecan Date Rolls

coconut pecan ballsThe first time this recipe was created, I put all the coconut into the date paste. While still very good, there was nothing left to roll the balls in, and it was a little dry. Therefore, I re-wrote the recipe by splitting the coconut into two on the card, so hopefully you won’t make the same mistake I did.

 

Coconut Pecan Date Rolls
Pecan & Date... There's nothing else to say.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 fresh medjool (soft) dates, pitted
  2. 1/2 C pecans, chopped
  3. 1/2 C shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 C shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse dates, pecans, and 1/2 C shredded coconut until a paste forms.
  2. Shape date mixture into oval, marshmallow-like shapes, or balls, or triangles, or shape of your choice.
  3. Roll in bowl containing remaining 1/2 C shredded coconut.
  4. Devour.
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Dates & Figs – Desserts you’ve never considered

Raw Fig NewtonDate & Fig Class – We had a LOT of fun tonight. We taught everyone how to make their own raw fig newtons!  I don’t know about you, but fig newtons were a favorite treat when I was a little girl. There was something so comforting about biting into that chewy, wholesome cookie. I won’t claim this recipe gives you quite the same experience, but I will say that it is delicious to Fig Newton fillingthe taste buds, and very satisfying. Fig Newton Finale

Fig Newton creationHere’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Raw Fig Newton Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C figs
  2. 1/2 C almonds
  3. 1/4 C flax seed
  4. 1/4 C raw rolled oats
  5. 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. In your food processor, blend figs until smooth, add water one tablespoon at a time if you need to so you get a sticky and spreadable paste.
  2. Set the paste aside for later.
  3. Grind the flax, oats, and almonds in a high speed blender or coffee grinder until a flour-like consistency is reached.
  4. Add in your honey and blend until a dough forms.
  5. Place the dough between two sheets of wax paper and use a rolling pin to shape it into a square.
  6. Cut the square in half, so you have two rectangles.
  7. Take half the fig paste and spread it across one of the rectangles, leave about a ¼ inch border along the longest sides. Take the rest of the fig paste and do the same to the second rectangle.
  8. Fold each of the rectangles over on themselves and pinch the sides together. Cut each rectangle into desired size pieces.
Notes
  1. Tip 1: You may add a pinch of salt or a drop of vanilla for enhanced flavor.
  2. Tip 2: You may lightly grease the wax paper with coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking (but we didn’t find this necessary.)
  3. Tip 3: You don’t need to leave space on the short ends of the rectangles
  4. Tip 4: Cookies keep for 3 – 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from Maggie
Adapted from Maggie
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Bonus! – Weird Fig Facts

BONUS POLLINATION FACTS!

  • Fig WaspSince the fig flowers are on the inside of the fig, most figs need to be pollinated by a fig wasp!
  • Female fig wasps implant themselves inside of either the male or female edible fig, both of which grow on the same plant. No matter what gender the fig, the wasp will pollinate it. Inside a male fig, the wasp will lay her eggs. But if she lands in a female fig, she will be unable to lay her eggs and eventually dies. Regardless of the figs gender after pollination the wasp dies and decomposes inside the fruit!
  • Figs contain an enzyme called ficin, which essentially digests the wasp, making it a part of the fruit.

Fig 5HOWEVER!! This wasp is not native to the US! So how are our figs pollenated? They aren’t. In the case of common figs, the flowers are all female and need no pollination. :D This is called parthenogenesis meaning without pollination.

There are 3 other types of figs trees besides the common fig.

  • The Capri fig, has male and female flowers requiring visits by the tiny wasp.
  • The Smyrna fig, needing cross-pollination by Capri figs in order to develop normally.
  • The San Pedro fig, which is intermediate, its first crop is independent like the common fig, and it’s second crop is dependent on pollination.

I found this part of learning about figs to be ultimately fascinating. I hadn’t studied figs, and learning about them was by far one of the most interesting things I’ve learned of late. Hope you enjoyed it too.

More About Figs

     Fun Facts About Figs

  • Fig 7Figs can help prevent cancer!
  • Figs can help reduce cholesterol
  • Figs can help prevent high blood pressure and heart attacks!
  • Figs can help cure diabetes!
  • Figs can help reduce fatigue, improve brain memory and prevent anemia!
  • Figs are very helpful in treating chronic constipation!
  • Fig 2Daily consumption of figs is an effective treatment for hemorrhoids!
  • Figs are naturally helpful in killing pathogens, fungus’ and virus’ in the human body!
  • Figs are rich in dietary fiber, making them very effective in weight loss programs!
  • Figs are rich in calcium and are an excellent source for those allergic to dairy products!
  • Figs calcium and potassium content helps prevent bone thinning and helps increase bone density!
  • Fig 3Figs have tryptophan which induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleep disorders like insomnia!
  • Baked figs, when applied to skin, can cure inflammations like abscesses and ulcers!
  • Due to figs high water content, mashed figs act as an excellent skin cleanser and helps in preventing and curing acne!

Really Fun Facts!

  • Fig TartsFig trees have no blossoms on their branches! The blossoms are inside the fruit! The flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds!
  • Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.
  • Figs naturally help hold in moisture in baked goods.
  • Fig puree can be used to replace fat in baked goods.
  • California produces 100% of the USA’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs.
  • Many believe that it was figs in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and not apples.
  • The early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food.
  • Fig WreathFigs were presented as laurels to the Olympic winners making them the first Olympic “medal”!
  • In Roman times, figs were considered to be restorative, increasing the strength of young people and maintaining the elderly in better health and making them look younger with fewer wrinkles. ~ Pliny (52 – 113 AD)
  • Figs made their first commercial product appearance in 1892 with the introduction of Fig Newton’s cookies.
  • Eating ½ cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking ½ cup of milk!

The fig tree is a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness!

Fig Facts

Jesus and fig tree     HISTORICAL FIG FACTS

  • Figs can be traced back to the earliest times, being mentioned in the Bible and other ancient writings.
  • It is thought that figs were first cultivated in Egypt, then they spread to ancient Crete. Around the 9th BC century to ancient Greece.
  • Figs were held in high esteem by the Greeks they created laws forbidding the export of the best quality figs.
  • According to Roman myth, the wolf that nurtured the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, rested under a fig tree.
  • Black Mission FigsIn the 16th century figs were brought to the Western Hemisphere by the Spaniards.
  • In the late 19th century Spanish missions in San Diego California planted fig trees. This is how the black mission fig got its name!

HEALTH FACTS ABOUT FIGS

  • 100 g. of fresh figs provide only 74 calories & contain healthy soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and pigment anti-oxidants; contributing to optimum health and wellness!
  • Fresh fig fruits, (especially black mission) are good in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotenes, lutein, and tannins, which detoxify cell damaging free radicals!
  • Fresh figs also have good levels of anti-oxidant vitamins: vitamins A, E and K!
  • FigsDried figs are an excellent source of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc!
  • 100 g of dried figs contain 680 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, and 2.03 mg of iron!

 

Last Day of 101 Blog Post Challenge

Well, today is the last day of the 101 days of Blogging Challenge issued to me back in January by my daughter Crystal.  I admit that it certainly gave me a goal to focus on, and I’ll admit that I didn’t get a post up every day. I will also admit that it was a lot of fun thinking about all the posts I planned to get up, and then simply didn’t manage. 

101 days goes by far more quickly than you might think! So much can get in the way, distract you from your goal, and just plain make sitting down at the computer feel impossible. I learned a great deal and am glad my daughter challenged me. 

Fun Fact about Raw Green Food

Green Smoothie BabyA molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood! According to the teachings of Dr. Anne Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion! You can add a teaspoon or tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to your green smoothies to give it an extra green kick! And that would be in addition to what’s already in the green plants you blend in your drink, too.

I’d like to introduce you to Amaranthine – our Green Smoothie Baby. She cannot get enough of these drinks. Can you imagine how healthy and happy she’ll grow up being blessed with a daily drink of chlorophyll?!

 

You’ve Ruined My Life!

James CatlinJamie was a trucker. I never asked him to change his diet. I merely asked him to add one salad a day TO his diet. Well, he called me one day. “You’ve ruined my life!”
“I have? What on earth is wrong, Jamie!?”
“I’m here at a little truck stop, and there isn’t a salad to be seen. There’s nothing here I want to eat anymore.”

Drink green smoothies daily and you’ll start to crave their goodness! Ben asks all the time for green smoothies! (So does Green Smoothie baby!) The best thing about snacking on green smoothies is you begin to want the green food more frequently than your previous snacks. Bonus!

Fresh is always best, but you can make a large batch of green smoothie and store it for up to 3 days in the fridge! Freeze them in ice cube trays and they last even longer! Then all you need to do is re-blend it!