Oh, the days of Fig Newtons. When I was in elementary school, I was totally cool. Not in the kind of way that people flocked toward me, or anything. In fact, socially, I was a complete nerd. I remember asking two of my best friends to “hold me back” on the playground so that I could boast my Tom-boy-esque attitude by “attempting” to “fight” some boy who called me scrawny. There are reasons why certain memories are implanted in our brains forever. So that we may never forget nor escape our embarrassingly ignominious past. However, I was still cool for one reason. My mom always bought the best snacks.
The 90s were like the era of ridiculously awesome kids’ stuff. Dunkaroos. Playstation. Dessert Lunchables. Tamagotchis. N64. Clarissa Explains it All. Ring Pops. Johnny Tsunami. Now That’s What I Call Music (the original). Blow Up Furniture. Rugrats. Furbies. Orange VHS tapes. AIM. Mash. Walkmen. Milky Pens. Rewinding Blockbuster Tapes. Pogs. Kenan and Kel. The Brave Little Toaster. Book Fair Handouts (and especially sea monkeys). Like, was there a better decade to be a kid? I learned how to rap watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I fell in love for the first time watching Now and Then with Devon Sawa. I learned not to believe rumors after that one about Bill Nye the Science Guy. Turns out, he did not blow himself up on live TV. Because, obviously, his show did not air live. Hello!
My point is, the 90’s brought us so much, but mostly it brought us food. I’m pretty sure Fig Newtons came into fruition in the 1800’s, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t new to me in the 90’s. Most things became new to me in the 90’s, since I was sort of born then. I remember being totally “cool” cause we always had popcorn, Cheese-Itz and Fig Newtons at my house, so everyone always wanted to sleepover. Like, if only being cool was still measured by the food you have in the pantry. And since the 90’s, I’m not sure I’ve had Fig Newtons except maybe on an airplane once or twice. But this one day, I was craving them! So I decided to make them from scratch. Doesn’t this make you miss the 90’s? And if you were wondering, the 90’s are making a comeback…
- 1/2 c. all-purpose unbleached flour (200 calories) + 1 tablespoon for dusting (25 calories)
- 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (200 calories)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend (50 calories)
- 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, “Lite” (40 calories)
- 3 tablespoons fat-free ricotta (34 calories)
- 1 tablespoon Joseph’s Maltitol Sweetener (or honey) (8.75 – 60)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste) (6 – 10 calories)
- 3 tablespoons eggbeaters (25 calories, may use liquid egg-whites)
- Filling Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup fig jam of choice (about 400 calories, depending)
- 2 tablespoons Joseph’s Maltitol Sweetener (17.5 calories, or honey/agave nectar)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- · Preheat 325F.
- · Using a hand-mixer, combine flours (excluding one tablespoon for dusting), Truvia Baking Blend, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- · Add fat-free ricotta, butter and maltitol (or honey), mixing until it resembles coarse meal.
- · Add vanilla and eggbeaters. Mix until combined.
- · Dust flat surface with flour and roll out dough into a slab about twice as long as it is wide.
- · Using a pizza cutter, cut dough right down the middle.
- · Take one half and roll out so that it is about three inches wide and 10 - 12 inches long. · Repeat with remaining half of dough.
- · Mix ingredients for filling in a bowl.
- · Straight down the middle of each slab of dough, spread fig mixture so that it is about one inch wide.
- · Fold one side of dough over fig mixture, followed by the second so that fig jam is completely covered.
- · Lightly press one side of dough into the other so that it won’t break open in the oven.
- · Arrange both fig rolls on parchment, fold facedown, & bake for about 12 – 14 minutes, or until the dough is firm.
- · Cut into 20 pieces with a very sharp knife.
- · Refrigerate for 30 minute