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Looking for a healthy snack to pack in your kids' lunchboxes or for a healthy after-school snack? Seeking a little sweet morsel to top off dinner or to serve with afternoon tea?  These tasty fig-filled morsels to the rescue! They're easy to make, packed with health-promoting fiber, plant proteins, omega-3 fats, calcium, folate & potassium. And they hit the spot!


Cathy Katin-Grazzini

Cathy's Kitchen Prescription LLC


Nicer Newtons

(gluten-free, vegan, no nuts or oils, fruit-sweetened)

Prep time: 30 minutes Baking Time: 6-8 minutes        

Makes 18-24 cookies, depending on size






1 ½ cups of dried figs


Zest of 1 organic orange



1 cup chickpea flour (besan or gram flour in Indian groceries)

¼ cup firm tofu, drained well

2 tsp arrowroot

2 tsp freshly ground flaxseed

3-4 tbs fig paste or to taste

Pinch of Ceylon cinnamon

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, more to dust on top

Zest of 1 organic orange


Directions Preheat over to 400°F/200 °C

To make fig paste, barely cover 1 ½ cups of dried figs with water. Microwave 2 minutes or simmer on a stove top until figs are rehydrated & softened. Drain off & reserve any residual liquid. Blend in a food processor until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl. Add a small amount of reserved liquid if needed to make a thick marmalade.


Combine all dry crust ingredients in food processor. Pulse. Add tofu & fig paste. Run until dough gathers into a soft ball.


Roll out on a board dusted with chickpea flour, flipping & redusting as you go until the dough is around 1/8” thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie-cutter.


Add zest to the remaining fig marmalade & spoon thickly on a cookie, extending to its edges. Top with a cookie. Brush tops lightly with water & dust with grated nutmeg.


Bake on parchment for 6-8 minutes or until golden. Do not overbake. Transfer to a cooling rack. These newtons are particularly nice when served fresh & warm or reheated briefly at 250°F/120°C. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks (if they last!) or freeze.



Nicer Newtons