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I need a healthy substitute for the Fig Newtons

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hi Everyone!
I love to eat Fig Newton cookies while hiking. The only problem is that they have high fructose corn syrup in them. Is there a healthier alternative on the market? I have not seen anything. This is one of my favorite winter hiking snacks.
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  • RD03875
    Everything in moderation!! I do not believe in eliminating ANYTHING!~
    2184 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    emoticon suggestions!
    2185 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    Wow! You already have a lot of great suggestions. You know of course that you can just buy the whole figs in the produce section. I have been trying to 'shop the perimeter' of the store....just fresh produce and meat/fish/poulty and dairy items, are usually placed there, along with the bread if you can eat wheat.
    2185 days ago
    They are a bit high in calories, most are between 190 and 240 calories, but the only ingredients are: dates, nuts, fruit, and depending on what you purchase, chocolate chips. Right now I have several kinds in the house, I love them for hiking/snowshoeing. They're portable, taste GREAT, are filling, give quick and lasting energy and I can actually read and understand the ingredients!
    For example the Banana Bread bars ingredients are:
    Almonds, Dates, Unsweetened Bananas. That's it.
    The Cashew Cookie bar (my personal favorite) has: Cashews and Dates. Nothing else.
    Let me see, what else do I have here....
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip has: Peanuts, Chocolate Chips* (Unsweetened Chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), Sea Salt.
    The Carrot Cake Bar: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins, Pineapple, Unsweetened Coconut, Carrots, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
    Their Pecan Pie Bar: Dates, Pecans, Almonds.
    Chocolate Coconut Chew: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened Coconut.
    I have seen homemade copy cat Larabar recipes online, but I haven't tried making my own yet. I can buy them locally at our City Market (Kroger), Vitamin Cottage, and have even seen a small selection in Walmart as well as Sports Authority with the other energy bars near the vitamin section.
    If you don't like Dates, this may not be an option for you. Hope this was helpful if a bit wordy! lol!
    2185 days ago
    Homemade Figgies


    For the cookie:

    2 cups white whole wheat flour
    2 eggs (I used a flax egg replacement)
    1/3 cup coconut oil
    1/3 cup maple syrup
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    2 T milk (I used almond milk)
    2 T applesauce unsweetened

    For the filling :

    15-20 figs (I used dried Turkish Figs I got at Sprouts)
    1 T maple syrup

    Instructions for the filling:

    In a food processor, grind up the figs, 1 T maple syrup and a bit of water. You want the figs to be the consistency of peanut butter so only add a bit of water. I think I used about 1 tablespoon.
    Blend into a paste and set aside.

    Instructions for the cookie:

    Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix the wet.

    Add dry to wet and mix only until combined. Be careful not to over-mix. The dough will be sticky and a bit wet. Gather it in a ball and wrap it.

    Put the dough in the fridge for about an hour to firm up. Once firm, roll the dough onto a floured surface. I tried to roll my dough as square as possible.

    Once the dough is rolled out, spread the fig mixture onto half of the dough. Once the fig mixture is spread, fold 1 half of the dough onto the other and cut into squares. I cut mine into about 2×2 squares and used a pizza cutter to do so.

    Place on lined baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
    I got about 16 out of my batch.

    They should last a couple of weeks, but you can refrigerate them to make them last even longer. Enjoy!

    (Don't have the nutrition specs on this one.)
    hioned Fig Bars


    YIELDS 12-15 BARS


    8 ounces dried Figs (preferably Organic)
    4 ounces dried Apricots OR dried Cherries (preferably Organic)
    2 tbsp. chopped almonds
    2 drops anise extract (optional)
    1 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener such as pure maple syrup or honey)
    2 tbsp. water
    2 tbsp. orange juice OR lemon juice
    1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. ginger

    Snip off the figs' stems, and put them, the apricots, and the almonds into the food processor. Grind to a coarse paste. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients and process until mixed. Set aside.


    *1 cup regular or quick oats, ground in blender until fine
    *1 cup regular or quick oats, uncooked (not instant oatmeal)
    1 tablespoon flax meal
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
    3 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
    1/4 cup water

    * Look for a whole grain oats – most likely found in a health food store.


    Preheat the oven to 375 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients, mixing well to a thick consistency. Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of an oiled, eight-inch square cake pan (use a wooden spoon or your hands). Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

    Makes 16 bars. Each bar (with almonds) contains: 117 Calories (kcal); 1 g Total Fat; (10% calories from fat); 2 g Protein; 26 g Carbohydrate; 0 mg Cholesterol; 67 mg Sodium; 4 g Fiber

    2185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/20/2013 3:10:14 PM
    Love hiking (or would like to hike) don't like Fig newtons
    2185 days ago
    I'd go with prunes! Although not quite the same, they have the same chewy, fruitiness!
    2185 days ago
  • SISSY_24
    I haven't had those in years. I just may have to try a made-over recipe! emoticon
    2185 days ago
    I love fig newtons but don't eat them very often. I have made the fig balls rolled in coconut and they are really good and easy to make and pop in your mouth.
    2185 days ago
    I haven't seen any but I don't care for fig newtons. I'll have to check out the store later.
    2185 days ago
    If you are only eating them while hiking I wouldn't worry about them. But if you are looking for an alternative, you have some good suggestions here.

    Do you want an alternative that is just like a fig newton, or any other snack to carry while hiking? You could look up bars made with figs (or dates) and make your own version. I've made date balls before with dates and nuts, and they are really tasty, but can be very sticky! rolled in coconut makes them less so, and they do taste good.
    2185 days ago
    love eating figs fresh or dried but do not care for fig newtons
    2185 days ago
    Home made hermits cookies
    2185 days ago
    I have been avoiding all high fructose corn syrup. I find that it causes me to crave sweets. Have had good luck with Trader Joe and Whole Food brands
    2185 days ago
    I loved them as a kid and haven't had them in years
    2185 days ago
    If you check out today's Food Demo of the Day you will find a Youtube recipe for Raw Fig Newtons. OMG they look so good and are a healthier version. I need to get all of the ingredients so I can make them. emoticon
    2185 days ago
    Dates! raw and organic of course.
    2185 days ago
    I just did a Googl search - you can make your own fig newtons :) Here's a link I found to a recipe:


    I would go to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to see what they have to offer.

    Fig Newtons were my go to snack back in my endurance cycling days :)
    2185 days ago
    How about plain figs?
    2185 days ago
    I think Kashi makes a version of Fig Newton's.
    2185 days ago
    Newman's Own... contains corn syrup, but doesn't say high fructose.

    I guess the other alternatives are probably 'make your own.'
    2185 days ago
    eat your fig newtons...moderation...
    2185 days ago
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