These Homemade Fig Newtons are a simple recipe that comes together quickly with fig jam and whole wheat flour. This is a healthy vegan cookie recipe for the fig-lovers in your life.
Why are figs not vegan?
Figs are not vegan because they contain dead wasps. Figs rely on pollination from bees and wasps, but during this process the insect will get trapped inside the fruit and die (this can happen when fertilized fig wasps lay their eggs).
It is unlikely that you will find a lot of dead wasps inside the jar of fig jam used in this recipe. If you would rather keep these cookies vegan, just substitute your favorite kind of jam or jelly! The rest of this recipe is free of animal products.
How To Make Fig Newtons
- Make a dough with flour, coconut oil, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, an egg replacement, vanilla, and orange zest.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough into a rectangle and slice into three long strips. Fill the strips with fig jam, roll, and bake.
- Slice and serve!
Can I use fig honey butter to make fig newtons?
Yes, fig honey butter can be used to make fig newtons. Fig Honey Butter is a popular item at Trader Joe’s and can definitely be substituted for regular fig jam in this recipe. I also provide an option to make your own fig jam with dried figs, as those can sometimes be easier to find. Of course as mentioned above, many types of jam would be delicious here.
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