“Figs, glorious figs”¦!” Don’t worry I’m not going to break into song, but honestly these pear-shaped fruits are one of my favourite produce. Naturally sweet and juicy and with a wonderful subtle crunch from the seeds, they are perfect for almost every occasion. Be it with a morning bowl of soaked chia seeds and almond milk, or in a refreshing lunch time salad, they work every time. My favourite way to eat them? As an after-dinner dessert with a glorious cheese board, or a signature pudding in it’s own right. Baked figs, fig cake, fig crumble pot and so much more. Just lots of figs people!
I was going for my weekend shop and noticed a huge centre piece in the fruit and veg section of fresh figs in the hundreds! It hardly sounds a novelty, I know, but I had been away for the summer and it was very exciting returning to fig season in full swing. I grabbed as many as a could (or rather as many as I could without Jack looking at me like a crazed fig hoarder) and bounced out the shop very excited!
My plan was to do a few different cakes, salads and dishes with the figs but before I had a chance to grab my mixing bowl and spoon, I had munched my way through half of the treasured fig stock already as they’re great for a healthy snack! I still had enough for two recipes so I decided on my delicious (and completely guilt-free!) fig and honey cake, and a quick and easy, “dinner party” style canapÃ© of grilled figs with parma ham and goats cheese (recipe to come soon!).
The fig and honey cake is made with homemade apple sauce, greek yoghurt and a little smashed banana (along with some staple cake-rising ingredients) meaning it’s completely guilt-free! Say goodbye to refined sugar and calorific butter-filled cakes and say a big warm welcomed-hello to naturally sweetened, low calorie Lean Living Girl, fig cake!
The ricotta and greek yoghurt filling is delicious and creamy giving the cake that extra something special to impress your friends and family. I was planning on using mascarpone cream cheese for the filling but ricotta has 60% less calories and up to 80% less fat yet still tastes absolutely scrumptious! For me, this is the perfect ”˜friends coming round for a girly catch up’ cake or ”˜I need cake, but want to be healthy’ indulgence. Pair it with a large cup of tea and enjoy!
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!