Next to chocolate chip, I think Fig Newtons might be my next favorite cookie flavor.  Considering there is “fruit” in the filling, I can almost convince myself they are healthy.  Almost. Now that Cupcake Project devised this diet version of a Paleo friendly fig newton cupcake, I can have a cupcake that tastes like the cookie AND it is sort of healthier than a regular cupcake.  Or at least it seems that way in my head.

Paleo Diet Fig Newton Cupcakes

Makes about 8 cupcakes

Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried black mission figs, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • pinch cinnamon
Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
Frosting Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Dried figs for topping, optional

Instructions

Filling Instructions
  1. Place figs in a food processor with all other filling ingredients. Process until smooth.
Cupcake Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond meal, coconut flour, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, vanilla, lemon juice, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and applesauce.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 1/4 full with cupcake batter.
  6. Add a heaping tablespoon of fig filling over batter in each liner.
  7. Top filling with enough batter to fill liners 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out dry.
Frosting Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil and honey in a small bowl and use a hand mixer or an immersion blender to fully mix the two ingredients.
  2. Leave the frosting on the counter for a few hours to thicken. It will be more runny right after mixing.
  3. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
  4. Optionally top with sliced dried figs.

Note: The cupcakes stick to regular cupcake liners, so be sure to use grease-proof liners or silicone liners.