What was your favorite childhood snack? I’ve already proclaimed my love for all things Oreo. Another mainstay in my lunchbox was a good ‘ole fashioned Fig Newton. A cross between a cereal bar and a dessert, these little nuggets of goodness pretty much always hit the spot.
When I came across this recipe on Food52, all of that childhood love for the Fig Newton came back to me and I thought it might be fun to try a homemade version. The only change I made from the recipe was omitting the orange zest and they turned out quite well.
You may be thinking to yourself. . . why go through the trouble to do all this when you can just go pick up that little package at the store? The lawyer in me would make two “arguments”. First, they are not as sweet as the store bought variety, but they will bring back all of those fond (or not so fond) memories of school lunches and snacks.
Second and maybe more importantly, we all try to be health-minded, but sometimes we want something sweet. I would suggest that when you eat something homemade, at least you know what is in it. When I look at the labels of processed foods, I usually can’t decipher many of the ingredients. Even more interesting is that recent studies have shown that saturated fats, such as butter, may not be as bad for us as we once thought. If you haven’t already seen this article written by Mark Bittman in the New York Times, it is definitely worth a read. His argument is choose real foods over processed foods ~ just eat some real foods, such as butter, in moderation.
So, while I hesitate to argue that these Homemade Fig Newtons are “good” for you, I think we can agree that they are less bad than the store bought version because we know exactly what “real food” ingredients are in them 🙂
And if reason can’t sway you to give these a try, well then maybe this little note left by my husband can. Happy almost weekend !!