21 Jul Dark Chocolate Covered Figs
It is the season of sweet fresh figs. Looking for an easy and healthy fresh fig recipe? These dark chocolate covered figs with pistachios and sea salt are my favorite fig dessert and snack. They are Gluten free, Paleo, and Keto compliant.
The season of sweet and fresh figs doesn’t last long. Trying to take advantage of it? I’ve got you covered with some dark chocolate and pistachios (talking to the figs). This little fig dessert is so easy and fun to make!
Even better? They are also healthy for you.
How to Select and Store Fresh Figs
Choose greener Figs that have Firmer texture:
If you are not going to immediately use the fresh figs you are picking up from the grocery stores or farmers market, you would want to choose greener figs that are not as ripe. So they can last longer in your fridge.
Choose purple Figs that are Softer:
If you are going to use fresh figs immediately, the dark purple and soft figs are fully ripened and ready to enjoy.
They are so juicy and sweet! An explosion of summer.
Because figs ripen fairly quickly. Especially in this summer heat. It is important to keep fresh figs cold to slow down the deterioration process.
If you picked deep purple, soft and ripened figs, use them immediately or put them in an air tight container or bag in your refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
What You can Do with Fresh Figs
I love fresh figs. There are so many ways you can use them.
- Chocolate covered fresh figs (duh)
- Oatmeal topped with fresh figs and pistachios
- Toast with fresh figs and honey
- Summer fresh fig salad
- Fig Jam
- Cheese and Charcuterie board
What Pairs Well with Fresh Figs
Since fresh figs are naturally sweet, adding another dimension of flavor will elevate the taste profile.
It pairs well with a variety of cheeses – sharp, creamy, stinky. I love them all.
And of course, the bitterness of dark chocolate also pairs seamlessly with fresh figs.
Especially when the melted dark chocolate hardens, the crunchy texture creates a nice contrast with the soft fresh figs.
How To Make Dark Chocolate Covered Figs
First, melt chocolate.
My favorite way is double pot method.
To begin with, place the chopped chocolate bars or chocolate chips you are using in a small pot. Then, put the small pot in a bigger pot filled with enough water to submerge about 1/4 of the small pot. Bring the water to semi-boiling. (Although the chocolate will start melting shortly after the water is warm.)
Then, stir the chocolate until it is completely melted.
Or, microwave it in a bowl. Although sometimes the power may be hard to control and it can slightly burn the chocolate if you are not careful.
Second, wash off about 4 – 5 large fresh figs. Then, slice them into your preferred thickness.
Third, chop up the pistachios.
Tip 1: Lay the sliced figs flat on a plate or baking tray. Leave them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. It will make the figs cool enough, therefore, help the chocolate stick better.
Lastly, dip the wider part of the figs in the melted chocolate, and then place on a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle pistachios and a little sea salt. Leave it in the fridge until chocolate completely harden and firm.
Tip 2: Wait till the chocolate not super hot. Otherwise, it will be hard to get a thick layer of it around the figs.
A Healthy Fresh Fig Dessert Recipe
These little fig dessert can not only kick your sugar cravings to the curb, but also healthy for you.
In order to make these chocolate covered figs Paleo compliant, I usually use chocolate bars or chocolate chips that uses coconut sugar. Additionally they should not contain any gluten or dairy. Therefore, they are also gluten free and dairy free.
Paired with dark chocolate (70% +), this fresh fig dessert is Keto friendly.
Note: Figs are higher in carbs compared to other fruits, so moderation is key.
Finally, hope you are enjoying the summer heat and all the seasonal fruits. Get dipping with these dark chocolate covered figs. They are sweet, salty and chocolate-y. It will definitely become one of your favorite summer dessert/snacks too.