This week, I had the opportunity to guest post on The Whole Gang for a continuation of 30 Days to a Food Revolution. Along with the recipe for this Maple-Fig Spread, I’m sharing one of my favorite tips for leading a healthier lifestyle.
Tip: Treat yourself to a ‘new to you’ food at least once a month, and a healthy ‘splurge’ food at least once a week. This tip goes double for all of you just venturing a dairy-free or other free-from diet. Now is the time to explore! Read on, this tip gets better …
I confess, even though I love whole foods and eating seasonally, I can easily get caught in an ordinary repetitive rut … It wasn’t until I signed up for a CSA that I discovered the fun and excitement of trialing new-to-me foods. Throwing a new food in the mix on occasion really perks up my interest in from-scratch meals, and helps me to expand the variety in my diet.
Keep in mind, the “new” or “reintroduced” food could be fruit, vegetables, whole grains, organic meats, wild seafood, a drink (think herbal or antioxidant tea, kefir, or kombucha), a wholesome baking ingredient, or even or even a fun “superfood” like maca, acai, or mulberries. The sky is the limit!
As it happened, this month the fruit CSA delivered an item that I couldn’t believe I had never tried before, fresh figs. The dried, wrinkly ones have entered my kitchen on several occasions, but this was my first taste of a fresh fig, and it was delicious! I had an abundance, so I opted to make this nutty maple-fig spread to switch it up from my morning nut butter. I even used it to jazz up that banana smoothie!
If you don’t have fresh figs – feel free to rehydrate some dried figs! It’ll be just as delicious.
Special Diet Notes: Fresh Maple-Fig Spread
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- ¼ cup cashews or almonds
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 6 medium-sized fresh figs
- ½ to 1 tablespoon maple syrup (can sub honey or agave)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Grind the cashews or almonds somewhat into a powder (I use an electric spice/coffee grinder). Add all ingredients to your food processor, and pulse, chop, or blend to your desired consistency. I made mine fairly smooth, but with some walnut chunks. Feel free to adjust the sweetness, salt, and spices as desired.