Baked Figs with Vanilla and Honey for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 25 comments

Baked Figs with Vanilla and Honey for #SundaySupper

Happy Valentine’s weekend! And fear not if you can’t stand soppy romance; this #SundaySupper is all about Heart Healthy recipes! Hosted by Lori of Foxes Love Lemons and Ethel of Eating In Instead, we’ve got delicious healthy recipes to keep you motivated after the January detox. I’m offering Baked figs with vanilla and honey.

I can’t bear life without dessert, but I’m trying hard to cut back on sugar – all the more difficult when Valentine’s Day rolls around with its chocolates and sweets in abundance, and no let-up in sight until after Easter. So I’ve created a guilt-free dessert, full of natural goodness and sweetness.

Figs have been a luxurious food for thousands of years, especially in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, areas of the world where they grow in abundance. As well as being utterly delicious, with a fragrant sweetness that makes your taste buds smile, they are fantastically good for you. High in fibre and potassium, they help with digestion and can help to lower blood pressure – great news for your heart. I also discovered recently that many types of fig are fertilized by a species of wasp – which gives me one reason to actually be grateful to the little blighters! Figs are also incredibly versatile – I love roasting them with goat cheese and drizzling with balsamic vinegar for a savoury starter – and they are equally good as dessert.

Fig recipe

As a sweet dish, baked figs are often paired with mascarpone cheese, which is a combination made in heaven, but that rich velvety taste of mascarpone comes with a lot of cholesterol. So I decided to do a more heart-healthy version, using low-fat Greek yoghurt, which has a similarly decadent texture, whilst being very good for you.

To add some flavour impact, I added vanilla seeds to the yoghurt, and a small drizzle of honey to the figs. The result is a little, light dessert, which tastes heavenly, and you can demolish it, knowing that it’s doing you and your heart some good.

Vanilla and Honey FIgs

 

Baked Figs with Vanilla and Honey
Serves 2
A heart healthy, middle-eastern inspired dessert
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 baby figs
  2. 150ml low-fat Greek yoghurt
  3. 1 tsp honey
  4. Seeds from 1/2 a vanilla pod
Instructions
  1. Cut the figs in half, then slice down the middle of each half without completely separating.
  2. Place on an oven tray and drizzle with 1/2 tsp of honey.
  3. Bake in an oven preheated to 180C for 15-20 mins, until the figs have softened and have started to release their juices.
  4. In the meantime, mix the seeds from the vanilla pod with the Greek yoghurt.
  5. Serve the warm, baked figs with the yoghurt and an extra drizzle of honey.
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25 Comments

  1. Beautiful figs. I love your vanilla yogurt sauce, definitely a keep for lots of baked fruits!

    • Thank you Ethel! You’re right, the yoghurt would go really well with all kinds of baked fruit!

  2. What a wonderful and light dessert! Great idea to use the Greek yogurt instead of mascarpone.
    Renee recently posted..Pear Bran Muffins for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Renee! I love Greek yoghurt, so it seemed like a good replacement :-)

  3. This looks like an elegant dessert to serve. I love using Greek Yogurt (I used it in my recipe this week too!). Love the tang and the fact its a high protein food!
    Shelby recently posted..Cherry-Blueberry Trifle for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Shelby! That’s exactly what I love about Greek yoghurt too – can’t wait to check out your beautiful dessert!

  4. Love this lightened up dessert! Figs + honey + mascarpone sounds amazing!
    Liz recently posted..Salmon Salad Niçoise #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Liz! They are amazing with mascarpone, so for a treat, that’s the thing to go for!

  5. Oh how yummy!
    Nichole recently posted..Salmon Caesar Salad for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Nichole!

  6. Simple and delicious. We love figs with yogurt! Great post.

  7. I love this! I have never paired my figs with yogurt. What was I thinking?! These look and sound delicious!

    • Thank you Shannon! This is the first time I’ve tried figs with yoghurt, but I’ll definitely be doing it again!

  8. Baked figs? Oh yes, please, I love them. Perfect light dessert!

  9. Brilliant dessert, Katy! Nice to know that figs are good for reducing blood pressure….The pressure of not having dessert would make my numbers go way up! Tee hee. Anyway, thank you for this yummy recipe from a fellow dessert fan. P.s. Glad wasps still abound in the UK…I’m concerned about the disappearance of bees in the US.
    The Ninja Baker recently posted..Heart Healthy Salmon Bento, #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Kim! Not having dessert would do the same to mine! We have plenty of pesky wasps, but sadly our bees are in decline too.

  10. How delicious!!!!

  11. Oh yum! I love fresh figs, and the vanilla and honey just pair so perfectly. What a beautiful dessert
    Shaina recently posted..Sweet & Smokey Cauliflower Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. I am not a fig person, but my hubby is … and what an easy treat to make for him! Love it!
    Kimberly recently posted..Create-Your-Own Overnight Oatmeal #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. I can’t wait until we fresh figs to try this
    Christie recently posted..Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake #sundaysupper (Low Calorie, Low Fat)My Profile

  14. I love that this sounds so versatile. I can see it as a dessert, breakfast, snack…yum!
    Joy | The Joyful Foodie recently posted..{Recipe} Grain Free PotstickersMy Profile

  15. Fruit always makes for a perfect healthy dessert! Great recipe this week.
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook recently posted..Shrimp and GritsMy Profile

  16. Ohhhh, you had me at figs!
    Sarah recently posted..Cinnamon Raisin Blondies #CreativeCookieExchangeMy Profile

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