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Until recently the only time I believe I had ever eaten a fig was when it was in a Fig Newton 😆 I had never tried them just on their own. I have always seen recipes where people had baked them so that’s what inspired me to pair them up with some roasted beets awhile back. I fell in love (swoon). I love their sweetness and chewy texture and their overall presentantion when baked up to golden goodness.

I believe figs are one of those fruits that are often misunderstood and very much looked over. If you asked most people what a fig was they would refer to the newton or the line in the Christmas song “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” 😀 That was me just up until a few weeks ago 😳 but now I am prepared to get Figgy with it.

Figgy Delights

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup spelt flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup sucanat or light brown sugar

1/4 cup organic granulated sugar

3/4 cup Earth Balance (softened)

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 chia eggs ( 1 Tbsp chia ground chia seeds to 1/4 cup water per egg)

Pre- heat oven to 375

Beat Earth Balance,sugars.vanilla and chia eggs until well combined.

Whisk together flours, salt and baking powder.

Add wet ingredients into dry and mix well.

Scoop out into mounds and try to create an indention in each cookie and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

When cookies have cooled fill centers with fig filling.

Fig Filling

About 1 1/4 cup dried figs

1/4 cup orange juice

1 Tbsp pre maple syrup

Process in a blender or processor until smooth texture forms.

Next time I make these I will probably make them more bite size but these are so good 😀 It makes a great Christmas time cookie. Don’t you wish they had a smell app for your computer ?

Have a good one ! 😀

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Lemon Tea Cookies

Nothing goes to together better than cookies and tea. Ok so maybe everything goes better with cookies 😀 I used to be so intimidated by baking until I became vegan. I think being vegan has given me more inspiration to bake. I am still quite intrigued that you can bake yummy tasting baked goods without butter and eggs. I think I have fallen in love with chia seeds and the fact you can use them as an egg substitute. When I present my vegan goodies to my family and friends and I let them in on my secret ingredients I get a lot of confused looks and grimaces like I’m speaking in some foreign language but I  am proud to present these goodies to anyone and even prouder to proclaim them vegan 😀

Being vegan has opened my taste buds to so many different things and I love coming up with new ideas to share with others. When I used to hear the word vegan I thought the same things that most people think….Tastless food….nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s a world of some the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten 😀

LEMON TEA COOKIES

Pre-heat oven to 425

Mix together

1 cup Earth Balance

1/2 cup sugar

1 Chia egg ( 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds to 1/4 cup water)

 Stir In….

3 tsp. lemon extract

Sift together and stir in….

3 cups all – purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Roll out onto floured area and cut into shapes if desired. Bake for 10 minutes. Brush with Lemon Glaze and enjoy with your favorite cup of tea or anything that makes you happy 😀

Lemon Glaze

Mix together…..

3/4 cup powdered sugar

11/2  Tbsp almond milk

1 Tbsp Lemon Extract

The perfect pick me up on this cold rainy day. Being from the south I have always enjoyed my sweet iced tea in the summer time months but I have absolutely fallen for hot tea this season. I am enjoying this very yummy peach tea and I also have a peppermint tea that is delish.So if you will excuse me I’m going to go enjoy my tea and cookies 🙂

Enjoy your day 😀

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