Figs, green or purple-colored teardrop-shaped fruits, are deliciously sweet and tart. They are pulpy and soft, almost jelly-like, but have a grainy texture because of the seeds. Figs also have a distinct sweetness to them and are a good source of nutrients, which is what makes them so appealing.
Figs are amazing to eat by themselves, but you can also use them to make one of these fresh fig recipes to create some tantalizing recipes.
1. Dark Chocolate Figs
If you love strawberries dipped in chocolate, you won’t able to resist this delicious dark chocolate fig recipe. The sweet, fruity figs work wonderfully with bitter dark chocolate. And when a pinch of salt is added to the mix, it strikes the perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. Bring out a platter of these at the next party and watch how quickly it vanishes!
2. Fig Arugula Salad with Pecans
This fig salad is incredibly versatile and can be served with any of your favorite mains. In this summery salad, you toss sweet figs, peppery arugula, red onion, and roasted pecans in balsamic vinaigrette sweetened with maple syrup. Add some crumbled goat cheese and you get a wonderful medley of flavors.
3. Fig Banana Bread
Take your classic banana bread to the next level by adding fresh figs to the mix. It will give a nice moistness to the bread, and you can further elevate its appeal by topping it with chopped, toasted nuts like pistachios and walnuts. Serve it with a cup of tea in the afternoon and store leftovers in the fridge to enjoy later.
4. Fig Cake
Bright, beautiful, and irresistibly delicious, this aesthetically-pleasing fig cake will elevate your dinner spread like no other! Make it by arranging fresh fig halves over the almond cake batter before baking it until it’s golden brown. The batter contains lemon zest and juice, which gives the cake a lovely fresh aroma. Safe to say, it promises a complete treat for your senses!
5. Fig Coffee Cake
This coffee cake is so good, it’ll have you on the lookout for fresh figs! Making it is also easy. You just have to prepare a basic cake batter, then fold in figs, and top it with a crumbly oatmeal-almond streusel topping before baking. The fresh figs will take on a jam-like consistency upon baking to produce a delectable dessert.
6. Fig Pizza with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Onions, and Prosciutto
Did you know that pineapple is not the only fruit you can add to pizzas? This pizza recipe uses figs — that’s right, sweet figs! — to complement the salty and savory flavors of caramelized onions, cheeses, and thinly-sliced prosciutto. You can serve it with peppery baby arugula and a Balsamic drizzle to give the traditional pizza a modern twist.
7. Fresh Fig Newton Cookies
This newton recipe is the perfect dessert to binge on. To make, you’ll first have to prepare a jam from ripe figs. Then, you fill the fig jam into light and fluffy cookies, producing fruity flavors in every crunchy bite. You can serve the cookies with creamy cheeses and salt-cured meat to put together a wonderful platter.
8. Fresh Fig Smoothie with Dates & Almond Butter
Start your day off on a good note with this power-packed smoothie recipe. Blend fresh figs, dates, almond butter, and chilled milk in a blender until smooth, and then serve it immediately to enjoy a creamy, nutritious, and filling treat. You can also add bananas, strawberries, cocoa powder, and other ingredients to customize it to your taste.
9. Homemade Fresh Fig Jam
Fig jam is widely available, but you can’t beat fresh fig jam made at home. Make it with fresh figs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. This simple recipe will produce flavorful and aromatic fresh jam that you can pair with a variety of foods, from cheese plates, fruit platters, and charcuterie boards to sandwiches and flatbreads.
10. Honey Roasted Figs with Cinnamon
Looking for a quick snack? Try honey-roasted figs! To make, top fresh figs with butter, then drizzle them with honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, some grated lemon zest, and a sprinkle of pistachios before roasting them to perfection. You can serve this sweet-tender treat with mascarpone, ice cream, or Greek yogurt to balance the natural sweetness of figs.
11. Raw Fig Bars
The 30-minute recipe has two main elements — a filling made with fresh figs and ground flaxseed, and a crust/crumb layer prepared with raw almonds, ground flaxseed, Medjool dates, vanilla extract, and unsweetened almond milk. We suggest making a big batch over the weekend to get a quick energy boost on the go during hectic weekdays.
12. Refreshing Fall Fig Cocktail
If you’ve been looking for something to energize you after a tiring day, this fig cocktail is sure to come in clutch! All you need to do is prepare a syrup with sugar, figs, and rosemary, and then combine it with a shot of gin, a squeeze of lemon, and tonic water to prepare a delightful drink. You can serve it with a garnish of freshly sliced figs and rosemary.
13. Salted Honey Fig Toast
This fruity twist on your regular toast will have you looking forward to breakfast every morning! This easy-to-make recipe calls for preparing vanilla ricotta, then layering a generous serving of it on toasted whole grain bread. Top it off with a sliced fig garnish and serve it drizzled with honey and a sprinkle of sea salt to delight your senses.
14. Stuffed Figs with Goat Cheese
This appetizer is the stuff of dreams! And you just need five simple ingredients — fresh figs, soft goat cheese, extra virgin olive oil, ground black pepper, and date syrup or honey. It produces divine finger food that will have everyone at your dinner table reaching for more.