Figs are full of great nutrients BUT you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that they are a little bit “weird looking”. Offering children a novel (or totally new food) works on two levels:
- It shows them that you are still learning about foods too. You can explain that you are learning with your eyes, your ears and you may take a little teeny lick too. Just so that you can get to know it better.
- It helps improve familiarity of foods that are already sitting on their radar. I can just hear the little voice in their head saying “You thought that cheese on cracker was different? Nah-uh have a look at this thing they call a fig. Maybe that cheese on cracker would actually be good to learn about too.”
What nutrients do figs have?
Figs have soluble fibre, antioxidants (Vitamin A & K), fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. As with all foods, it’s great to offer a variety in order to work towards increasing dietary repertoire and the nutrients they receive.
Recipe for Fig Blender Bars
This recipe needed such a BIG makeover on my website, I decided to simply start over!
As I have made these with rice flour, when they are warm from the oven they are reminiscent of a warm creamed rice pudding with a smoother consistency.
For another and easier way to use figs in baking, my nephew once requested “figgy pudding”. I looked at the traditional recipe a bit wide eyed and decided to invent my own. So, I finely chopped 4 figs and added them to a self saucing caramel pudding mix, followed the remaining directions on the pack and it went down a treat. Figs can be fun!
Fig Blender Bars
3 medium figs, halved
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp butter / dairy free spread
1 cup milk
Optional: Cinnamon, Chia Seeds, Additional Sliced Fig or Slivered Almonds to scatter on top.
- Preheat your oven to 180oC (Moderate Oven). And have your loaf tray, a square 20cm x 20cm baking tray or muffin baking tray ready.
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the ingredients into your awaiting baking tray and put into the oven until cooked through. Slice / loaf trays will take approximately 35-40 minutes. Muffin trays will take approximately 25min.
- If you pop these in the fridge to store they will become dense. They have a thick consistency and are not fluffy like muffins. You may like to serve with a dollop of vanilla yoghurt and berries or pop them into the lunchbox.
- In the absence of fresh figs, you can steep 4 dried figs in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Add the steeped figs to the blender in lieu of the fresh figs. Discard the remaining water.
If you like this recipe, you may enjoy reading this HONEY ALMOND FIG SLICE recipe on my website which goes through 4 reasons to make this slice even if you don’t think your kids will eat it – a good read if you are worried about protein in your child’s dietary repertoire.