Fresh Fig Squares

By Chef:  Deborah Marsh
Posted: July 9, 2012


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Fresh figs……a totally decadent treat during the summer all on their own! Gooey, moist, syrupy on the inside, they are like nature’s gourmet dessert. If you have an abundance of figs around you and are looking for more fun ways to consume them (besides just chowing them down in all their natural glory) try out this recipe by Deborah Marsh! Fig cookies are a classic and this one is by far the healthiest version out there. These cookies can be made in the dehydrator, or simply placed in the freezer or fridge to set if you don’t happen to own one. Serve them up with raw ice cream, or with a drizzle of raw chocolate sauce or nut butter on top!


Cookie Base:

  • 3 c raw almond meal
  • 1 c coconut flour
  • ¼ c Lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla extract
  • ¼ c raw agave nectar (use up to 1/3 cup if needed)
  • 1 c pitted Medjool dates (about 20-25 dates)

Fig Paste Filling:

  • 2 lbs freshly picked figs (stemmed)
  • 1 T raw honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla extract
  • 1 T cold pressed coconut oil
  • ¼ c chia seeds (use up to 1/3 cup if needed)


Cookie Base:

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a food processor and process to mix.

2. Add the vanilla and agave and process again until well combined.

3. Add Medjool dates and process until a dough forms. Remove dough from processor and break into two equal parts.

4. Roll each part into dough balls. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a well-shaped square that could fit on a dehydrator tray. Add almond meal as needed to keep dough consistency. Place dough sheets aside.

5. Prepare fig mix as directed.

Tip: I place the dough in separate plastic storage bags and then use the rolling pin to spread them out. This helps get the perfect shape and keeps the dough from sticking to the roller. I cut the bag sides out to remove the dough square when ready.

Fig Paste Filling:

1. Wash fresh figs and place in the food processor. Process until figs are broken down.

2. Add remaining ingredients except the coconut oil and chia seeds. Process until very well combined.

3. Add the coconut oil and process until mixed. The consistency of the mixture should be that of a paste. Remove the fig mixture and place in a mixing bowl.

4. Add the chia seeds and fold into the paste mixing well. (Chia seeds should be well incorporated and not bunched up to areas of the mix). Set aside for about 5 minutes.

Assembling the fig squares:

If you plan to dehydrate the squares:

1. Place one dough square on a dehydrator sheet onto a dehydrator tray.

2. Spread entire fig paste mixture over the dough square, reaching every corner, and spreading evenly. It will be thick, but that’s what you want.

3. Place the other dough square over top of the fig mixture – it should be like a giant sandwich. Trim of edges to make a clean thick giant squared off sandwich.

4. Using a sharp clean knife, score into bite-size squares. Dehydrate for about 2 hours, then flip over to a mesh tray and dehydrate an additional 2 hours.

5. Break apart squares and serve. You can leave fig squares out on the counter wrapped for up to a day, but store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The longer you dehydrate the squares the longer it can be stored. However, it may not be as moist and sweet.

Should you choose not to dehydrate:

1. Prepare the fig squares on a large flat surface or cutting board, and place cut squares on a tray to freeze for up to one hour, or refrigerate for several hours before serving. These squares will do best if eaten within 24 to 48 hours from time of prepping.


Serving suggestions:

1. Drizzle raw chocolate or carob sauce on top.

2. Serve with raw ice cream.

3. Spread raw coconut butter, or sweet hemp butter on top.