How to Make Healthy Dried Fig Fruit Snacks
How to Use Up Your Fig Harvest
With figs growing like crazy after the recent downpour of rain this summer, it is time to make some fresh fig preserves again. However, I will definitely end up with too many jars of preserved figs, so how about making some healthy fig snacks for a change?
Dried figs are healthy snacks, and they are really easy to make. The recipe does not require any extra ingredients because the figs are already so full of flavour and natural sugars.
- 1 to 2 kgs fresh figs
- Quickly rinse the figs with water.
- Cut the figs into chunks.
- Arrange the fig chunks on baking racks and bake in the oven at 100°C to 120°C.
- If you have your own fig tree growing in the backyard, collect as many fruits as you can before they become overripe and mushy. Leave the overripe fruits on the tree for the hungry birds to eat, or else they are going to attack your tomatoes and other fruits you may have in the garden.
- Give the figs a good rinse to get rid of all the dust and dirt from the garden.
- Remove the tops and bottoms of the figs so that only the middle portion of the fruit is remaining.
- Cut the fruit into 1-centimeter-thick portions and place them on a baking rack. Fill up the rack(s) with figs.
- Place the racks in the oven. Turn on the oven to about 100-120°C and bake. The juice will start to drip out from the figs as they bake, so it will be a good idea to place a big tray at the bottom of the racks to collect the liquid, otherwise you will have a lot of sticky mess and cleaning to do.
The fig portions will start to shrink as they dry up. After 1½ to 2 hours, turn off the oven and leave the figs in the oven overnight. The fruit should be a bit moist to the touch because they are not thoroughly dried yet.
- On the next day, bake them again at the same temperature for about 1 hour. There should be no more juice dripping out from them this time. Check on them frequently to make sure they do not get burnt.
- When the figs feel leathery and dry, they are ready. Turn off the oven and leave them in there for another 30 minutes. Let the figs cool thoroughly before removing them from the oven.
- Store the dried figs in an airtight jar and enjoy your healthy snacks.
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|Serving size: 100g|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 16 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 1 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|