Dark chocolate, black mission figs, coconut oil, and hemp seeds make up these wonderful chocolate-dipped hemp seed figs. Healthy, easy, vegan, and fruity. Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and vegan.
I love it when fig season rolls into Manhattan. Because figs are not often in season in Manhattan, I was waiting all Summer for figs to hit the supermarket. And then I got my hands on some figs for fig dessert recipes, I was thinking superfoods. I was thinking of coconut. I was thinking hemp seeds, imagining the combo in my mind made me want to bake with figs even more!
Instead of melting down a few dark chocolate candy bars, I used cocoa powder and coconut oil as the base, which is an easier way of making a chocolate coating, and a less expensive one too. It also makes the chocolate coating softer so when you take a bite it's just a medley of harmonizing textures. Gosh, figs are so good!
WHY FRESH FRUIT IS A SUITABLE DESSERT
Chocolate dipped hemp seed figs are the best way I can sum up dessert balance. You have a mix of decadence and a mix of healthy with a boost of nutrients and fiber. Yummy fruit dipped in luscious chocolate and then dipped in superfood crunch.
There is a difference between using fresh fruit in dessert and using dried fruit in the dessert. That difference is loads of sugar. And while dried figs are a delicious choice, they are too high in sugar for daily consumption and weight loss.
HOW TO USE FRESH FIGS
- Served fresh
- Made fresh, then frozen
Fresh figs are also delicious, like the ones I made here. But once you freeze them, It's another dimension of divine! And then dipped in chocolate? OMG, it's a love affair! And you can't just eat one. Like potato chips, no one ever said I just had one potato chip. And no one ever said I just ate one fig.
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LET'S TALK HEMP SEEDS AND CHOCOLATE
Adding hemp seeds to this recipe was the perfect garnish to figs and chocolate. All three foods work miraculously together. Chocolate and hemp in particular are a magical pair.
So let's talk about benefits, shall we? When you start eating healthier, bringing in more plants, eating less processed, and eating less sugar your palate changes. You no longer crave gobs of cane sugar and bad for your eats. You start allowing your body to make intuitive eating choices that are going to fuel your body in the long run. Adding hemp seeds to this dessert gives your dessert an iron-rich infusion alongside its crunchy aesthetic and nutty flavor. You are not just eating empty calories when you eat a combination of natural sugars, the fiber in fruit, protein in hemp seeds, and magnesium in chocolate.
You are getting a medley of super nutrients in something that tastes decadent. And that is when your body hits the jackpot. It's when taste, flavor, and good for you all come together. Dessert balance.
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Chocolate-Dipped Hemp Seed Figs
- double boiler
- 13 whole Black Mission Figs
- 3 tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil unrefined
- 2 ½ tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 drops liquid stevia I love Nu Naturals
- Wash the figs. Dry the figs. And halve the figs. Then freeze the figs while you prepare the chocolate and hemp seeds.
- Set up a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Then add the hemp seeds to a small bowl (for dipping) and set aside.
- Set up your double boiler to medium/low heat and add the coconut oil and the liquid stevia. Mix well. Then add the cacao powder or cocoa powder and keep stirring until you have an even smooth mixture of chocolate. Mix really, really well until smooth.
- Lower the heat to the lowest temperature and one by one dip each fig halve into the chocolate mixture, followed quickly by dipping that fig in the hemp seed mixture and then laying the fig on the parchment paper-lined baking tray.
- Do not worry about it not being perfect, or not drying correctly, because it will. Do this process with all the figs. Once all figs are used up, put the tray in the freezer and let the figs set for 15 minutes. Once set, add the figs to a plastic bag, or glass container and store in the freezer until ready to serve. These figs are delicious frozen and at room temp!
Love & Figs,