Our Cashew Stuffed Figs are the perfect appetizer for any occasion, especially for seasonal holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. This elegant finger food is sure to brighten up your dinner table, as the delicate flavors of pomegranate, vanilla, and cinnamon combine to create a mouth-watering masterpiece. Not only does this recipe taste divine, but it’s also teeming with nutrition. Thanks to the cashews, this appetizer is filled with nutrients such as protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. While cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, they contain primarily unsaturated fatty acids, 75% of which is oleic acid (the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil), which promotes good cardiovascular health. Studies have even shown that monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease (1)! So don’t be shy about serving this at your next event–it’s a recipe that is sure to please everyone.
Cashew Stuffed Figs
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon sorghum syrup or maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction
- 20 pomegranate seeds
- Mint for garnish (optional)
- Wash figs, cut off the stem, then cut an X in the fig.
- Add cashews, water, sorghum or maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt to either a high speed blender or a nutria-bullet.
- Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy.
- If it seems too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water.
- Fill a corner of a small plastic baggie with cashew cream then snip off the corner of the bag.
- Fill each fig with approximately 1 tablespoon of cashew cream, then squeeze the sides of the figs into the cashew cream.
- Drizzle each fig with balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction.
- Garnish with a pomegranate and mint leaves, if desired.
*You can garnish these figs with your favorite fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, or dried cranberries.
*Disclaimer: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to The Sorghum Checkoff. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
Serving size: 1 fig Calories: 110 calories, Fat: 5 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 15 grams, Sugar: 10 grams, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 2 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) The Nutritional Health Facts of Cashews. Odi Cashew. http://www.odicashew.com/pdf/nutritional_health_facts_of_cashew.pdf