As I type this, I literally cannot stop eating these. I'm trying to hold myself back by leaving them in the kitchen, but I just end up putting my computer down and giving in. So, I think to solve that problem, I'll just put them right beside me. Good plan. Good thing they're healthy!
Wow, are these little guys ever a super food for the heart! They are packed with fiber, plant sterols, polyphenols, potassium, and vitamin B6. Figs have both insoluble and soluble fiber, but it's the soluble pectin fiber that may be instrumental in lowering blood cholesterol. Plant sterols may also help lower LDL cholesterol, and lower the risk of heart disease. Polyphenols help neutralize dangerous free radicals and prevent chronic disease- and dried figs have up to fifty times more than most fruits and vegetables! A potassium rich diet may lower the risk for heart attacks and strokes, and your blood pressure. Vitamin B6 is linked to improving heart health by lowering levels of homocysteine. Because of the lower water content, dried figs are actually more nutrient-dense than fresh. And, figs have the highest mineral content of any common fruit, helping to nourish blood, build bones, and protect the heart!
Pecans- Nuts are rich in Vitamin E. This antioxidant vitamin is thought to help prevent heart disease. They also contain amino acids and B vitamins, which are cardio-protective.
Here is the recipe I began with: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/02/08/german-chocolate-fudge-bites/
Black Mission Figs
The black figs are sweeter, but the golden ones were supposed to have a slight nutty taste, which I figured would go well with the pecans, so I opted to use those.
I made these again, but this time I sweetened them with about 1/4 cup of dates and 2-3 Tbs. of fig jam. It worked perfectly! The perfect balance of sweetness- and now they're even healthier. : )
1/4 cup brownn sugar
Makes about 24.