Nut-Free Figgy Cake Bars
One of my most favorite snacks as a kid was the Fig Newton. I loved the texture of the cake and the sweetness of the fig. They were perfectly sized (although I could probably eat 10 of them in one sitting). And I’m fairly certain these little cookies brought figs into the mainstream. Because did anyone eat figs before the “Newton?”
At some point, I began reading the labels of my food. And discovered that Fig Newtons are full of crap. High fructose corn syrup (although they later reformulated the recipe to exclude it), resistant corn maltodextrin (what is that?!?!) and chemicals I cannot even pronounce.
So I stopped eating them.
Now you all know I am not the ingredient police. I do not proselytize what’s good for you and what’s not and I trust that you make the best decisions for your own health. But, I just could not enjoy Fig Newtons anymore. So, I started making them myself.
I should be clear that my homemade version is certainly not “healthy.” I use butter and sugar, but there is nothing artificial in my little Figgy Cake bars and so I can eat them without worrying that I’ll become radioactive.
And I hope you will, too!