Fresh Fig Pie
I make a weekly ritual trip to the local Trader Joe’s, this is something I have been doing for years now.
Its best to avoid going there on an empty stomach, you typically end up making bad choices! This really holds true for any grocery store. Also for some reason people believe that everything at TJ’s is healthy and that’s so not right. However, I do love it when they carry seasonal fruits, fresh figs and blood orange being my favorites.
At one point I believed that Fig Newtons (american brand of fig rolls) were healthy but that was just me being biased towards figs. These bars have a long ingredients list, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Soluble Corn Fiber, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Resistant Corn Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate to name a few. Do I really need any of these going into my body? – No, thank you! I’ll settle for fresh or sun dried figs.
I absolutely devour fresh figs, they are lusciously sweet and look lovely from the inside. Figs are rich in fiber and help to lower cholesterol levels in the body. They are also a good source of magnesium and potassium that are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.
These are in season between June – September and will probably make an appearance again sometime next summer! That pretty much explains the purchase of this huge box of fresh figs…
Typically I would eat fresh figs as is but since there were so many in the box, it was time to experiment.
Fresh fig pie was on my mind, I am still trying to avoid baking until the weather cool’s down a bit.
I used cashews and dates for the crust, it tasted just like the cashew cookie Larabar (all time favorite flavor). This is so easy and can be whipped up in minutes.
The crust in this recipe is a bit thicker, since I personally like more of the crust. I used a 5″ pie dish which is quiet small but good enough for up to 2 people.
The filling is nothing but crushed fresh figs, so easy and loaded with flavor! The figs can be replaced with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. This is really a great summer dessert.
- 1/3 cup raw cashews
- 3 Pitted dates
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 Tsp coconut oil
- 1/8th Tsp ground vanilla bean
- 4-5 Fresh figs
- 1/2 Tsp Lemon juice
- Put all the ingredients for the crust in a food processor and grind.
- In a small 5" pie dish, put the crust mixture and even it out.
- Keep the pie dish in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and let it set.
- Make a paste using the fresh figs in a food processor and add the lemon juice.
- Spread the paste on the pie crust and let it set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Garnish with slices of fresh figs and serve.