Blueberry Fig Newtons
What’s a great snack that’s tasty, easy to make, and nutritious?
It’s easy to go to the nearest grocery store to pick up a snack… But if you could make one yourself that’s quick to prepare, that’s even better!
Not only will you feel great about knowing exactly what’s getting inside your body but making your own meal is cheaper, more nutritious, and fun.
I always tell my students how truly empowering and confidence-boosting it is to cook. This is a practical skill that does not only impact your physical health, but also uplift your emotions and mind.
This is why I would like to share with you this Fig Blueberry Newtons recipe that proves how cooking is fun, easy, and rewarding in all levels.
If you’ve fallen in love with Fig Newtons as a kid, you’ll absolutely enjoy this recipe that’s just as tasty but MORE nutritious than the store-bought kind.
Whether you’re cutting back on sugar, avoiding preservatives, watching your diet, or choosing a healthier snack alternative, then this recipe is 100% for you.
Snacks are meant to be enjoyed, and with these Blueberry Newtons, every bite is guaranteed to be guilt-free and pleasurable… The good kind of pleasure!
So let’s go ahead and whip up this amazing recipe that’s sure to be a showstopper for adults and kids alike.
Biblical Significance of Figs
I love to ponder on the Biblical meaning of food I eat.
If it is not something God created, if it is a lab experiment or chemical-laden “thing”, there’s no point in eating it.
Only God has created food for us to eat, and it is by consuming food according to His design that we can achieve total health and wellness.
So when I did some digging around to learn the Biblical importance of figs, I was in awe of what this fruit has to offer.
I’ve loved munching it as a kid and until now but little did I know that there’s more to this sweet fruit than what meets the eye (and the tastebuds!).
One of the Seven Foods of the Promised Land
Everything that God has created is good.
This is why when he gave Israel to the Jewish people, it was just an old piece of land.
But what’s amazing is that in Deuteronomy 8, God says, “I’m bringing you into a good land, a good land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees.”
So this land that God has taken the Israelites to has fig trees in it, and this is also why it is one of the seven foods of the promised land
It was one of the foods in the Bible that was God’s gift to the Israelites, and this fruit is still here up to the modern age for us to relish, savor, and enjoy.
The Fig Tree is a Sign of Blessing and Security
Throughout the scriptures, the fig plant has become a symbol of prosperity, well-being, and security.
It takes years for the fig tree to cultivate, take care of, and to get it to the point where it’s going to produce fruit. In fact, it bears fruit in the Spring and the Fall.
This is why when you sit under a fig tree, specifically one that is teeming with lots and lots of figs, it’s evident that it’s a sign of blessing.
In the scripture, figs are a symbol for Israel itself. These fruits are often used to symbolize the health of the nation, both spiritually and physically.
According to Hosea 9:10, “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves to that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.”
Figs also symbolize security.
It was implied in this verse from 1 Kings 4:25 “So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.”
Health Benefits of Figs
Now let’s talk about the amazing benefits of figs to your health.
First of all, it’s fiber-rich. When you have fiber, you feel amazing. Your body feels light from not having all that gunk inside. Elimination is much more efficient since fiber is a natural laxative that gets rid of wastes in your body.
At the same time, you will feel more satisfied and satiated longer. Fiber keeps you full, which eliminates craving and hunger pangs.
When you eat high-fiber food, you don’t experience a spike in your blood sugar. This is why you can regulate glucose in your body and prevent sugar cravings.
Another thing that’s good about figs is the perfect balance of calcium and potassium in it. You need these nutrients for your bones.
In fact, figs are the perfect food for children to help build strong bones while they're growing. This is also recommended for women who are pregnant because sometimes the babies will leach the calcium from your bones and from your teeth.
So you need to keep refilling these nutrients in your body so your baby gets what it needs.
Like I said, figs support strong bones, so it’s great to keep you structural skeletal system healthy. If you've got Osteopenia or osteoporosis, you need to add some figs into your diet.
The calcium in figs also helps balance the low estrogen levels and bring that up to normal.
A lot of women who are doing excessive workouts are having amenorrhea, which is the absence of their menstrual cycles. When you eat figs every day, it helps to bring things back into balance such as the estrogen level.
Lastly, figs are abundant in B vitamins. When you have an adequate supply, this helps you to have a good memory and less stress.
Isn’t it great how just one fig a day can provide your body with all of these benefits?
And to make eating figs even more exciting, you should try this Fig Blueberry Newtons recipe. This is a perfect after-school snack, post-workout treat, and healthy dessert that’s packed with so much goodness and great taste!
Homemade Fig Blueberry Newtons
A tasty snack with a nutritional bang!
Fig Blueberry Newtons Recipe
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ tablespoon Vanilla
- 1/2 cups Butter softened
- 1/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
- 1/4 cup Flax Seed milled
- 1 tablespoon Water
- 1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 cup Figs chopped
- 2 tablespoon Tapioca Starch
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 2 tablespoon Organic Cane Sugar or sucanat with honey
- 1 tablespoon Water
- In a large bowl, combine the butter and sucanat. Blend them up with an electric mixer. This is to make the dough.
- Add in the egg whites, water, and vanilla. Beat until these are all well mixed. Scrape down the beaters and bowl as necessary.
- Mix in the flour, cinnamon, and flax. Blend them up until the dough has the right consistency and comes together.
- Form the dough into a rectangular shape. Wrap it tightly in plastic. Keep it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- To make the filling, combine figs, blueberries, and honey crystals in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Mash the cooked berries with the back of a fork.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir water and tapioca starch together. Add half of the tapioca starch to the hot berry mixture. Stir well until it’s the same thickness as a jam.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large-size baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface. Form into a 12x16in rectangle then cut into 4 equal 4x12-inch strips. Spoon the filling down the middle of all the strips. Then, fold the edges right over the filling. Pinch the edges to seal.
- Cut off the ends of the logs with a sharp knife. Slice into 10 equal pieces, then put the cookies down on a baking sheet, seam-side down. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes.
Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-
I’m a christian nutritionist. I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit. I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.
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