These little jewels pack a punch for when you're looking to keep it simple, yet elevated. You get me? While it's always more ideal to consume the actual fruit for its hydrating benefits, dried fruits still maintain their nutritional qualities. The thing about figs is that when they're dried, their health benefits actually increase. The dried versions also allow for versatility in creating and consuming. For example, instead of dates, the leftovers from this batch were tossed into a blender to create a naturally sweet smoothie.
The silky smooth cashew butter that coats each one contains adaptogenic and nutritive additions that will have you spreading a thick layer of it on everything, even just by the spoonful. And the touch of bee pollen on top, va va voom.
FIGS | contain powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which help to combat oxidative stress (re: assisting in the aging process and prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease). They also act as a natural antibacterial, helping to support the body's immune system in fighting illness. Figs are high in fiber (aiding the digestive system), potassium, magnesium and calcium - all of which are essential to proper body function, but that we usually have low levels of.
CASHEWS | are admittedly one of my favorite sources of plant-based protein and fat. They contain essential minerals including copper, zinc and magnesium and have a positive effect on the metabolism due to their MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) and PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids). They've been touted (along with nut consumption in general) for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Cashews are a brain food, helping to support cognitive function and mood regulation. Since the brain is mostly made up of fat, nuts like cashews essentially feed the brain with healthy, beneficial fats.
HE SHOU WU | is an adaptogenic herb known for its anti-aging, blood-building and rejuvenating properties. Regular consumption (as infused in this cashew butter) helps to nourish the blood, make hair grow and skin glow, in addition to nervous system and reproductive (sexual) support.
TOCOS | are rice bran solubles that make anything that you put them in creamy and delicious (their flavor profile is similar to that of vanilla ice cream). They are a bio-available source of Vitamin E, promoting healthy skin and connective tissues and assisting in the removal of toxins from the body.
BEE POLLEN | is an alkaline food (I call them superfood sprinkles) rich in antioxidants, essential amino acids and Vitamin B to help combat acne, wrinkles and allergies. They're also said to be a potent aphrodisiac, supporting fertility and stamina.
CASHEW BUTTERED FIGS
For the cashew butter, combine 2 cups raw cashews into a food processor with 1 tbsp coconut oil and process until silky smooth. Add he shou wu and tocos and give it one final spin to combine all ingredients. Pour in a glass jar and keep on counter or in pantry at room temperature.
To serve, use a spoon to drizzle cashew butter over figs and then top with a sprinkle of bee pollen. Alternatively, dunk each fig into the jar of cashew butter and then into bee pollen for immediate satisfaction.
Refrigerate any leftovers or toss into a smoothie of choice for a naturally sweet and elevated kick.