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Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)

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Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)

I bring you this fantastic grain free fig newton recipe from Sardinia, a beautiful, wild island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea where I spent my summer. If you have been following my stories on Instagram, you know that one of my favorite pass times over there was hand picking figs from the trees… hence many desserts with figs were created and devoured right away!

Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)

Some of our favorites were definitely coconut yogurt bowls topped with caramelized fig and almond flakes, as well as using sliced figs to top fun appetizers made with corn cakes, avocado and a little dairy free cheese.

But the most impressive one was definitely the recipe for these grain free fig newtons, which came out a lot better than the original as they don’t put you in a sugar coma and are only made with clean and healthy ingredients!!

Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)
Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)

These grain free fig newtons are of course dairy and gluten free, and they are also paleo and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) compliant.

One fun fact about these recipe? I was tempted to name it “ Fig Strudel Cookies” as that is how we call that type of packaged cookies here in Italy, but then my (American) husband told me nobody would have known what I meant with that title as in the US always find type of treats on the shelves with the name of “Fig Newtons”. Anyways, which one is you favorite name for this recipe? Let me know in a comment below!!

Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)

Grain Free Fig Newtons (Paleo & AIP)





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For the Crust:

For the Filling:

  • 400 gr Figs, peeled
  • grated zest of 1 Lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. To prepare the fig filling, cut the figs in pieces, place them in a non-stick pan and let them simmer on medium heat until the white part starts to melt and you have a jam-like cream (about 10 minutes). Take if off the stove and let cool down completely.
  3. Combine all the crust ingredients in a food processor and process until you have a nice and crumbly dough. Pour it in a bowl and mix it well with your hands.
  4. Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into a 10 inch x 14 inch rectangle.
  5. Make the outer edges even using a knife and cut the dough lengthwise into three strips, roughly 3.5 inches x 14 inches. Divide the fig filling between each strip of dough, forming it into a line down the center of each strip. Press the filling to roughly 1-inch wide.
  6. To assemble your grain free fig newtons, carefully fold each edge of dough over top of the fig paste, making a log. Press the top to seal the dough slightly.
  7. Place the logs, seam side down, onto your baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Transfer the parchment paper with the logs on to a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until they feel dry and slightly firm when touched.
  9. Remove logs from oven, let cool down a bit, and cut each log into 8-9 fig newton cookies while they are still lukewarm.
  10. When cooled down, store your grain free fig newtons in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 days.

Now I would love to hear from you!! How much did you love this recipe for grain free fig newtons? I can’t wait to hear your feedback and I would love to know if you make any modifications… I believe this recipe would be great with any type of fruit (I am thinking caramelized peaches or apples for example…).

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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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  • Nancy in Alberta September 10, 2018 9:18 am

    Hi! This makes me so happy! These cookies are one of my favourite.
    I would know them by Fig Newtons, but Fig Strudel Cookies sounds very Euroean. Fresh figs aren’t here yet, so I’ll have to wait to try them, but I’m sure we will enjoy them immensely. Thanks!

    • ambra September 11, 2018 2:17 am

      Nancy, thanks so much for the wonderful message! I can’t wait for you to have access to fresh fig or hear what other fruit you decide to use for the filling! Kisses from Italy,

  • Fern September 17, 2018 7:40 am

    Ambra is there a substitute for the coconut butter.? Like avocado oil?

    • ambra September 17, 2018 2:08 pm

      Hi Fern, if you don’t have coconut butter you can use coconut oil instead. Avocado oil would work too, but I think coconut has the perfect taste for baked goods!

  • Diesa Rupert August 27, 2021 9:51 am

    hello-I’m a little new to using figs. What constitutes “fresh”. I see there are lots of varieties out there. Will Smyrna Figs work the same?

    thank you

    • ambra August 27, 2021 9:16 pm

      Ciao Diesa! The figs you are mentioning are normally dried. Try typing “fresh figs” on Google Image so you see what they look like. They are in season right now.

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