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Festive baked dried figs and walnuts

Enjoy this sweet festive treat and its health benefits.

  • DF Dairy free
  • GF Gluten free
  • Prep time 30 mins
  • Cook Time 20 mins
  • Serves 12
  • Difficulty easy
Xmas Figs

Method

Preheat oven to 150°C. Line baking tray with baking paper.

Remove the hard stem from figs and slice in half, but not all the way through. Place walnuts, generously, on figs and sprinkle with cinnamon.

You can either close the fig (like a clam) or place another fig over the top like a figure eight. Press together and bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool completely. Store in airtight container and enjoy as a delicious sweet snack.

Nutritional information

Dried figs and nuts are the perfect wholefood sweet treat, and the recommendation to satisfy the need for sweets in the Mediterranean diet.

Figs are a good source of calcium which is often low in many women’s diet. They are also a good source of fibre and are naturally sweet. Walnuts are a particular favourite in the Mediterranean diet and a rich source of plant-based omega-3 oils (the good anti-inflammatory ones for heart and brain health).

These baked dried figs create a beautiful caramelised and chewy sweet that will delight. At Christmas time, this combination can appear in various traditional cakes, tarts and puddings. My favourite aunt (auntie Rosa) would make these for us; she would always make the two-figs variation and add dried mandarin peel.

This simple, sweet treat will make the perfect home-baked gift for Christmas.