So I was a little late to the party when it comes to figs. Oh my, do I love thee! No, I am not talking about Fig Newtons – blah. I am talking about a fresh fig that probably most Americans have never tried probably because of Fig Newton Cookies.
Not only do they rock your taste buds, jazz up any meal savory or sweet, but they are super amazing for you. Plus, they come in many different varieties which I love so you never get bored. You will love this recipe, trust me! How could you not? Just look at this adorable treat! Did I mention it is easy as can be?
Here is the most delicious, fuss-free, unique, and impressive looking treat you will ever make and entertain with. I make this usually using a half bar of good quality chocolate (usually 70% and higher) and if I don’t have my super dark available, I use a good ol’ Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar-as I always have one on hand for s’mores night.
The kids will love these too! Great for the end of meal when you want something just light and figure friendly, great for a pre-or-post workout snack , and even for a breakfast treat on occasion. Yep. I am a health expert and I said that. Why? Figs and Chocolate-(preferably dark) PACK in the antioxidant’s and are healthy and great treat for you! Just don’t eat like 20.
Love Figs? Also, try my incredible Moni Fig, Pineapple, Apple, and Spinach Smoothie!
Fig Facts: They are low in calorie’s; around 70-100, high in soluble dietary fiber, and loaded with minerals and vitamins-depending on the color, this varies. They are also great to make jams with. July through late August is the prime season for Figs, they come in a ton of varieties but below are the top 5 to know of:
Brown Turkey Figs: has brownish/copper-colored skin, often with hints of purple, and mostly pink/red flesh with some white flesh.
Celeste Figs :about the size of an egg, a purplish-brown when ripe, and a dark, sweet, moist, purple flesh inside.
The Calimyrna Fig: Is known for its nut-like flavor and golden skin. This type is commonly eaten as is and is what I usually use for this recipe.
The Mission Fig: This fig is a deep purple which darkens to a rich black when dried. Often called “black mission figs”. Would also be GREAT for this recipe.
The Kadota Fig: is thick-skinned with a creamy amber color when ripe. Practically seedless, this fig is often canned and dried.
So there you have it- FIG 101. Now go try some fresh figs and make this one-of-a kind Moni Recipe!