Fig Crumble

It's not a big secret that I'm a big fan of food. I take my health and what I put in my mouth very seriously; in fact, it's what I do for a living. I follow a bunch of food blogs, my favorite of which being Shutterbean. Her recipes are in no way, shape or form gluten-free (I can't have ALL), but I don't let that stop me from cookin' up what she's dishin' out...I just make substitutions. 

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, I had time to play with one of her recipes. Here's my gluten-free, sugar-free adaptation of her Fig Crumble (adapted from Everyday Food).

Fig Crumble Bar:
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold, salted butter, cut into pieces (plus more for pan
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose almond flour, spooned and leveled
1 really ripe banana.
8 ounces dried Calimyrna figs (about 1-1/2 cups), stems removed
3/4 cup orange peach mango juice.
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan; line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang. Butter paper; set pan aside.
2. In a food processor, pulse together 2 cups almond flour and 85% of the ripe banana. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer half of mixture to prepared pan; with lightly floured fingers, press firmly into bottom. Set aside. Shape remaining mixture into large, moist clumps; transfer topping to a bowl, and set aside. Wipe food processor bowl clean.
3. Make filling: In food processor, blend figs, orange peach mango juice, lemon zest, remaining 2 tablespoons of almond flour banana until a thick paste forms.
4. Using a small offset spatula or table knife, spread filling over crust. Sprinkle with topping. Bake until topping is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.
5. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely. Using paper overhang, lift crumble from pan, and transfer to a cutting board; cut into 20 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.


Nitzalie said... August 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM

this recipe looks really good. i'm not a big fan of figs (aside from Fig Newtons) but I may have to give these a try. thanks for posting pics of the finished product as well :)

Tara said... September 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

what!! that looks so amazing. I'm going to be dreaming about this tonight.

Themey said... January 27, 2012 at 4:23 AM

What a fantastic and inspirational blog! Something worth reading for a change.

Figs FTW!

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