Perfect for Christmas or any time of the year, these cookies are the cookie that you don’t cook! They are great for entertaining and just for having when you need a little yummy snack with a cuppa. This healthy Fig, Walnut & Ginger Uncookies recipe is courtesy of the new cookbook The Midlife Kitchen which is full of ‘health-boosting recipes’, from one of our favourite foodie Instagram feeds by the same name. Enjoy!
Yield: 10-12, Active Time: 15 minutes, Total Time: 15 minutes
200g dried soft figs
2 tbsp water
Juice of a lime
50g walnuts, crushed
2 tbsp LSA or ground almonds
1 tsp fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 tsp ground cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt
Coating: more LSA or ground almonds
Put everything in a food processor and whizz. You may need to use a spatula between pulses to make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated. You can make the ‘dough’ as chunky or as smooth as you like – I prefer it a little chunky.
If the mixture is too dry add a little more water; if too wet add more LSA or ground almonds. It should be soft but not too sticky.
Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and form into a small disc/cookie shape, approximately 3-4cm in diameter.
Coat each uncookie in more LSA or ground almonds.
Chill for 30 minutes or so before eating to firm up and make them deliciously chewy. Uncookies will keep in the fridge for up to a week but I can assure you that they won’t hang around that long!
Don’t be put off nuts because they are relatively high in calories – they’re full of protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, so you’ll probably eat less overall. Studies have shown that people who consume nuts are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.