Angel and I have been thinking of creative ways to incorporate some education about food into our blogs…well, maybe not all of them, but hopefully a lot of them. So here’s my first go at Paleo EDU…
I think that the fig is an underappreciated fruit. Even dried, it has a medium glycemic index, which is better than a lot of fruits. It is also one of the most beautiful fruits. It can be savory or sweet and accompanies a wide variety of foods from cheese to other fruit to meat or salads. Just be sure when picking figs, to choose plump, soft figs without broken skin, as this fruit does not ripen once picked.
We are in peak season for the fig (see our Seasonal Guide for more delicious seasonal fruits and veggies), so now is the perfect time to enjoy the many different varieties available today!
Paleo Fig & Almond Cake
1 lb dried Figs (black mission work nice)
¼ cup Almond Meal
¼ cup Almonds (sliced)
1-2 Tbsp Water (or better yet, Brandy if you don’t mind a Paleo Cheat!)
¼ tsp Sugar (raw) or Coconut Crystals or 1 tsp Honey
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
In a food processor, process the figs – they should be almost a paste.
Mix all ingredients (except the water or Brandy) with your hands until incorporated. If it is a little dry, add a little water or brandy until the mixture is sticking together (brandy will give it a really nice taste as well). Press into a bowl or whatever shape you want the “cake” to be and let sit for 2 days at room temperature, uncovered.
Tastes great with Fresh Figs, Brie, Manchego, and Honeycomb for a delicious Paleo Cheat!