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How To Make Healthy Dried Fig Fruit Snacks

Updated on April 6, 2015
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Cut figs ready for the oven.
Cut figs ready for the oven. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 10 min
Yields: 1 kg of dried figs

You need ...

  • 1-2 kg Figs!

Quick instructions

  1. Quick rinse with water. Cut the figs into chunks.
  2. 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.

Steps on how to dry figs in the oven

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Fresh figs from the garden.Washed figs ready to be cut.Remove tops and bottoms.Cut into 1cm portions.Place the figs on a baking rack.Figs baking in the oven.Dried figs ready for snacking.
Fresh figs from the garden.
Fresh figs from the garden. | Source
Washed figs ready to be cut.
Washed figs ready to be cut. | Source
Remove tops and bottoms.
Remove tops and bottoms. | Source
Cut into 1cm portions.
Cut into 1cm portions. | Source
Place the figs on a baking rack.
Place the figs on a baking rack. | Source
Figs baking in the oven.
Figs baking in the oven. | Source
Dried figs ready for snacking.
Dried figs ready for snacking. | Source
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Fig nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 74
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 16 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
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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    • lady rain profile image

      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Riviera Rose, I used to buy dried figs, too, many years ago. Now I have a huge fig tree giving me lots of fruits in summer, but the birds usually eat up half of the fruits!

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      Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France

      Great idea, I have a fig tree and make plenty of jam, and then buy my dried figs from a healthstore, duh! Will definitely try this in the summer.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Angela, I hope you'll get to make your own dried figs too. I'm sure you'll love them :) Thank you for taking the time to leave comment here.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      MargaritaEden, you are right, they are really healthy and great for my cravings too! Thank you for stopping by to read my hub :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have never tried this but would love to. Thank you for the great information!

    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub, figs taste wonderful and they are so healthy, sharing your hub!

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      eye say, I personally prefer dried figs because they are more chewy and sweet. Once you start eating, you can't stop, so you really have to make a lot to snack on! Thank you for stopping by.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      what a great hub, I love figs and am looking forward to trying this. bookmarking, voting up, this is so interesting and useful... thnaks for posting it!

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      RTalloni, I can put more fruits in the oven than in a dehydrator, that's why I prefer this method. The cost of using a gas oven is also less for me, the cost of electricity is shocking here, so I try to use less electricity. Thank you for your comments :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Although I've never tried this method, I do know that dried figs are a fabulous snack food. I use a dehydrator and it's a simple process.