Baby, it’s cold outside! With snow on the ground, all I can daydream about is my recent trip to warm Porto, Portugal for my birthday. I have been waiting for the right time to share my food adventures. When The Recipe Redux theme was trying a new ingredient this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Let me introduce to a warm and friendly city, Porto, a coastal city in Northwest Portugal, that is known for it’s Port wine. Vineyards line the river, but I wasn’t expecting the other amazing food that awaited me. If you are ever in Porto, I highly recommend the Taste Porto Food Tours. You basically spend 3.5 hours stuffing your face full of fabulous food. One of the highlights of the tour was the open market where I discovered the shredded kale the locals use in soups, the beautiful grapes, and the FIGS! Our guide bought us some dried figs dusted in powdered sugar and dried figs stuffed with walnuts. Never have I tasted such delicious figs!
Now that I have your full attention in getting to know Porto, you may be shocked to discover that I have never cooked a thing with figs. My experience with figs before Porto was a fig newton from childhood where I felt like I was eating ants and never touched another one. After eating figs in Porto, I can’t stop thinking about them and looking for them. In my location, they just aren’t pretty right now. How simple are figs and walnuts?!!! It really is a perfect combination.
Let’s “fig”ure out why you should add figs to your diet?
- They have soluble and insoluble fiber – 5 grams total for 3-5 figs.
- They add sweetness without adding sugar.
- You get magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and antioxidants when you add figs to your diet.
- You get this amazingly simple recipe!
These figalicious energy bites are a perfect afternoon or pre-workout snack.
- 250 grams or about 22 dried figs
- 1 cup walnuts
- Remove stems from dried figs.
- Place figs and walnuts in a food processor.
- Pulse in food processor until finely minced and combined.
- Place in a dish and make 12 balls.
- Store in air tight container.