I’ve been setting aside Sundays for play. In the morning, I go to my 2 hour long led ashtanga yoga class. Or I practice at home in our spare room, watching cool morning light spread out onto the empty wood floor. Logan and I eat breakfast together. We might make a giant green juice. We chat and dance around and find things to make each other laugh (read: making weird faces, play-acting characters, and singing made-up songs together).
I try to play some music or work on some songs. And if that’s not really doing it for me I’ll get in the kitchen and whip something up with whatever unloved items are left in the cabinets. Totally improvised (my favorite). This past Sunday that ended up being a bunch of Turkish figs and almond meal. So, on a whim, I whipped up a batch of cookies sweetened only with figs and maple syrup. Did I know they would work? Nope. Did they end up being amazing? HELL YES.
And these almond cookies made a great pre-gig snack! Last Sunday I got to play with my band at Porchella — a local block party that Tom Tom Fest puts on in historic Belmont. About 15 groups played unplugged sets on volunteer porches set up as makeshift stages. Basically, I banged on snares and sang harmonies in a garden while onlookers sipped cider and ate peanuts in the street. The sun set during our gig and it was legitimately some sort of Euro-Virginian dream situation.
My bandmates and I were all pretty famished before our show. I’m so glad we had these chocolatey cookies around to grab before we left. They’re high in protein, calcium and good fats. So they gave us lots of vibey energy for a kick ass set!
This recipe is so easy. You make it completely in a food processor, roll the dough into little golf-ball sized rounds, flatten/indent each cookie with a swirl and then bake each cookie sheet for 12 minutes. I like to freeze these cookies and keep them around for an on-the-go snack or a post-dinner treat. Plus they travel well. Which means I’ll be eating these almond cookies at all sorts of festivals and events this Summer!
And a little note on the name: I lovelingly call them “fig nudes.” My friend Anna b (my bandmate) came up with it! Because they’re sort of like fig newtons without the outer cookie layer. They’re bare and beautiful. 🙂
Oh, and here’s a fun thing. I made these cookies LIVE on nom.com yesterday! Check out the recording of the live cast here.
Let me know if you make these nourishing little bites! And tag your Will Frolic for Food creations #willfrolicforfood on instagram so I can see! xo0