How To Make Healthy Dried Fig Fruit Snacks
You need ...
- 1-2 kg Figs!
- Quick rinse with water. Cut the figs into chunks.
- Lay the chunks on an oven and bake at 100°C - 120°C.
With figs growing like crazy after the recent downpour of rain this summer, it is time to make some fresh fig preserves again. I will definitely end up with too many jars of preserved figs in storage. How about making some healthy fig snacks for a change?
Dried figs are healthy fruits to eat and they are really easy to make. The figs do not require any extra ingredients to be added because they are already full of flavour and natural sugar.
If you have your own fig tree growing in the backyard, collect as many figs as you can before they become over-ripe and mushy. Leave the over-ripe fruits on the tree for the hungry birds to eat or else they are going to attack your tomatoes and other fruits you may have in the garden.
Give the figs a good rinse to get rid of all the dust and dirt from the garden. Remove the top and bottom of the fig so that only the middle portion of the fig is remaining. Cut the fig into 1 cm thick portions and place them on a baking rack. Fill the rack with fig portions. Use a couple more racks if you have more figs to dry.
Place the racks in the oven. Turn on the oven to about 100-120°C and bake the figs. The juice will start to drip out from the figs as they bake so it will be a good idea to place a big tray at the bottom of the racks to collect the liquid, otherwise you will have a lot of sticky mess and cleaning to do.
The fig portions will start to shrink as they dry up. After 1½-2 hours, turn off the oven and leave the figs in there overnight. The figs should be a bit moist to the touch because they are not thoroughly dried yet.
On the next day, bake them again at the same temperature for about one hour. There should be no more juice dripping out from them this time. Check on them frequently to make sure they do not get burnt. When the fig portions feel leathery and dry, they are ready. Turn off the oven and leave them in there for another 30 minutes. Let the figs cool thoroughly before removing them from the oven. Store the dried figs in an airtight jar.
Enjoy your healthy fig snacks.
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Fig nutrition facts
|Serving size: 100g|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 16 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 1 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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