They just opened up a new Costco closer to our home, and it was the happiest day ever when shopping there and I discovered they sell organic, dried figs with no other ingredients. I super love dried figs--they are a paleo sweet-tooth gal's best friend, let me tell you! While eating them straight from the bag is easy and delicious, I really wanted to try and create an attempt at a paleo version of a fig newton. While these don't look anything like it, they taste very similar and are really easy and quick!
This makes an 8x8 pan size, but be warned: I made a batch, and we ate the entire thing while playing a heated game of Risk....because we are giant dorks with huge sweet tooths. Enjoy!
1) 1/2 cup of pitted dates (about 10-12)
2) 1/2 cup of almonds or any other nut you like (for the crust) + 1/2 cup for the filling (1 cup total)
3) 1/4 cup of coconut cream concentrate (aka coconut butter or creamed coconut)
4) 1 1/2 cups of dried figs, stems removed
5) 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1) Add your dates, 1/2 cup of nuts and 1/4 cup of coconut cream to a food processor.
3) This is your crust. Press it into an 8x8 pan until compact and even.
4) Now add another 1/2 cup of nuts, 1 1/2 cups of figs and your cocoa powder to the food processor.
5) Blend about 1 minute until it looks like wet sand, too.
6) This is your filling. Press it on top of the crust in your 8x8 pan, until pressed down and even all around.
7) Pop in the fridge for at least 1 hour until the crust hardens, then you'll easily be able to cut out your pieces.