One of my favourite dried fruits are figs; sweet, chewy, and packed with vitamins!
I prefer fresh figs but unfortunately I can’t always find them unless they are season. The next best thing; dried figs! They are a healthy snack, eaten all by their lonesome, or (as I prefer) stuffed with fresh almonds or pistachios.
While dried figs are not ideal for babies under two years old, fresh ones are an ideal fruit to introduce to baby from 6 months on. They are packed with antioxidants, calcium, manganese, and fiber (to name a few) which makes them a healthy addition to baby’s diet.
This compute is a delicious way to introduce baby to figs; it’s fresh-tasting, light and sweet, with a mild citrus flavour that balances out all the sweetness. Serve it alone, mixed with other fruits, such as bananas, or mixed into Greek yogurt or ricotta.
(Yields 1/2 cup)
6 dried mission figs, stems removed and halved
1/2 cup distilled water
1/4 tsp. cinnamon or cloves
1/2 tsp. fresh orange zest
In a small sauce pot, bring water to boil on high heat. Add the figs, cinnamon or cloves, and orange zest.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10-15 minutes or until figs are very soft. (Do not discard the boiling water.) Set aside to cool for 5-7 minutes.
Once cooled, transfer to a small food processor and or using a hand mixer, blend until combined and smooth. While blending, add the remaining liquid, 1-2 tbs. at a time until you get the desired consistency.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.