Why are they called fig newtons?
Well, google told me a man named Charles was actually the OG fig newton creator before selling out to Nabisco in 1910.
So why “Newton”? Not sure.
Theory A: Charles was so proud of his fig-roll-making-machine that he named them after Sir Isaac Newton – the famous physicist.
Theory B: It’s a tribute to the town of Newton, Massachusetts.
Theory C: They were a NEW product that people would eat a TON of. (kidding… obvi I just made that up)
Regardless of the history, they’re scrumptious.
So let’s get down to the figgy business.
I love my graham cracker recipe. And you all seem to as well!
Therefore, I wanted to use that as a guide for the newton dough.
Something about the combo of sunbutter, coconut sugar, and almond flour yields a golden delicious canvas.
In keeping with the original fig newton goal (digestion *ahem), I added ground flaxmeal to the dough.
And a sprinkle of baking powder gives it just the perfect fluff.
I find it’s easier to work in two batches with this dough, so I divide and conquer.
And now the filling.
A step above the classic.
And the figs.
The perfect flavor family.
*make sure you soak the figs in hot water before blending
Roll the dough into a long rectangle and generously fill ‘er up.
(Try not to just straight up eat the filling.)
Leave just a tab bit of room on both ends.
Ever so carefully fold the sides over the filling and press together.
Then flip the log over so the creased side is underneath.
Bake until just golden brown, then let it cool *before* slicing.
Then cut up your log into little newtons!
The filling is revealed.
Just look at how scrumptious they are!
Alright, now you can dig in.
Stay sweet my friends!
Strawberry Orange Fig Newtons
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp silan (date syrup) *sub maple
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup flaxmeal
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 12 dried figs *soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
- 2 tbsp strawberry jam
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Beat together the sunbutter, coconut sugar, silan, almond milk., and vanilla.
- Add the almond flour, flax, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Divide dough into two portions.
- Drain the figs and blend with the strawberry jam and orange.
- Roll the dough into two long rectangles (about 4 inches wide).
- Spread the filling along the center.
- Roll the sides of the dough over the filling and press to close.
- Flip the rolls over (crease side on bottom) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Remove and let cool before slicing.