Delicious dried fig chocolates with chocolate and walnut hearts

 

 

With only three ingredients, this recipe of El Pajarero dried figs filled with walnuts and covered with dark chocolate will delight you. It's easy to prepare and a great snack for kids and adults.

Plus, the combination of the three ingredients is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants.

 

If you have children, ask them to help you; they will love to prepare this recipe with you. In that case, don't forget to increase the ingredients :)

 

 

What does each ingredient give us?

 

We know, it's hard to believe that something so delicious can also be so good for you, but it's true! These chocolates are made with three superfoods: walnuts, dried figs and chocolate. Not only will they delight your taste buds, but they will also give your body a much-needed boost. Let's take a closer look at these three ingredients and what makes them so special.

 

Dried figs

Dried figs are one of the best sources of fiber. In fact, a single fig contains more than 4 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended daily intake. Fiber is important for maintaining regularity and promoting intestinal health. In addition, dried figs are a good source of calcium, iron and potassium.

 

 

Nuts

These are an excellent source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Studies have shown that eating nuts regularly can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation and improve blood sugar control. Not to mention they're a great source of energy, perfect for when you need a quick snack to get you through the afternoon slump.

 

 

Chocolate

We all know chocolate is delicious, but did you know it's also packed with antioxidants? Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell death. Dark chocolate, in particular, has been shown to improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.

 

 

Ingredients for 10 chocolates

 

10 El Pajarero dried figs

5 walnuts

100 grams of dark chocolate 

 

 

Preparation

 

You will see how simple it is

 

1) Choose 10 El Pajarero dried figs that are not too small. And better if they can stand on their own on a plate. 

 

2) Cut the nuts into small pieces, the size depends on the figs you have chosen. Remember that each fig has a small piece of walnut inside. 

 

3) Make a small cut in each fig, deep enough to fit the small piece of walnut that you have previously cut.

 

4) Once you have filled each fig with its nut, put them aside.

 

5) Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie (see below how we do it).

 

6) Once ready, take the fig from the top (if it has a stalk, the better) and dip it in the melted chocolate. Place it on a plate or tray and let it cool.

 

You just have to enjoy them as you like! For example with a blanket, a movie and a sofa is a great plan!

 

 

Suggestions for choosing the ingredients

 

As for the dried figs, the ideal ones are the ones from El Pajarero, as their sweetness, texture and sweetness are special for this recipe. They complement perfectly with the walnuts and the dark chocolate.

 

As for the walnuts, we have chosen those of Castilla, but you can also use California or Pecan nuts. With any of them they are also delicious. 

The walnuts come from the European walnut tree and autumn is the best season to consume them.

Macadamia nuts are not recommended, because they are harder than the others, and since we have to cut the nuts, it is not as practical as with the other varieties.

 

Now it's time for the chocolate :) We use a 70% dark chocolate for baking because it is much easier to melt. We chose one of sustainable cultivation and gluten free, but according to the possibilities of each one, if you already have one of reference, it will surely suit you well too.

 

The recipe has no complexity, the only thing that may take a little more time is to melt the chocolate. We suggest that you chop it up and place it in a bowl or bowl. Then put cold water in a pot in which the bowl fits comfortably, place it over low heat avoiding the water to boil and stir it with a wooden spoon.

It is true that you can also melt it in the microwave, but on the stove, you have more control....

 

As you can see, these chocolates are not only delicious, but also nutritious. So the next time you're looking for a sweet treat that will also give your body a boost, grab a handful of these chocolates instead of nutrient-empty tidbits. Your body - and your taste buds - will thank you :)

 

 

 

The multiple benefits of dried figs

 

El Pajarero dried figs are a delicious and nutritious snack that offers many health benefits. Because they are dried, they have a longer shelf life than fresh figs and are available year-round. 

 

These are some of the many benefits of eating El Pajarero dried figs

 

 

1. Dried figs are a good source of fiber. Dietary fiber is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fiber also helps regulate bowel movements and can reduce the risk of constipation and other digestive disorders. 

 

2. Dried figs are a good source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. Potassium is important for maintaining blood pressure and heart function. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Iron helps prevent anemia by transporting oxygen to the body's cells. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions and is important for muscle function, energy production and nerve function.

 

3. Dried figs contain flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can protect cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage and contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants such as flavonoids help neutralize free radicals and prevent cell damage. 

 

4. Dried figs contain phenolic compounds, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Phenolic compounds can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. 

 

5. El Pajarero dried figs may improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. This is because they have a low glycemic index (GI), which means they cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels after eating them. Low GI foods are beneficial for people with diabetes because they help control blood sugar levels. 

 

6. Dried figs can improve heart health in several ways. They can help lower cholesterol levels and improve circulation by widening blood vessels. Both of these effects can help reduce the risk of heart disease. 

 

7 Eating dried figs can help prevent and treat anemia. Anemia is a disease characterized by low levels of hemoglobin, which is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. Dried figs are a good source of iron, which is necessary for hemoglobin production. Eating iron-rich foods, such as El Pajarero dried figs, can help prevent and treat anemia. 

 

As you can see, there are many reasons to incorporate dried figs into your diet! Not only are they delicious, but they also offer numerous health benefits. If you're looking for a nutritious snack that will give you energy and keep you satiated, grab some dried figs next time - you won't regret it!

 

 

 

 

Salads are a great way to add extra nutrition to your diet. They're perfect for when you're short on time, or when you want something light and refreshing. This dried fig, goat's cheese and spinach salad is a great option for any occasion. It's easy to make and can be prepared in advance. It is also nutritious and very fresh. 

 

This salad is perfect to accompany a meat or fish dish. Or if you don't have much of an appetite, you can have it as a main course.

 

So if you're looking for a salad option, give it a try!

 

Now let's get to it:

 

Ingredients for two servings

 

  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 
5 El Pajarero dried figs
  • 30 grams of fresh goat's cheese, crumbled
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

 

 

Preparation

In this case, we are going to prepare the dressing first, as it will be very useful to leave it to rest in the fridge while we prepare our salad with the rest of the ingredients.

 

First, add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and ground pepper and mix. Then pour the mixture into a container with a lid and put it in the fridge. Let it rest (the longer the better).

 

Secondly, we are going to prepare the base of the salad. 

First cut the stems off the dried figs and cut them into three or four parts.

Wash and quarter (or halve) the cherry tomatoes.

Crumble the fresh goat's cheese and set aside.

Fillet the almonds. Then heat a frying pan over medium heat and toast the almonds. They cook very quickly. Our advice is to keep stirring them so they don't burn.

Another suggestion, if you can get the slivered almonds, buy them, it's a step you save yourself :)

 

Choose a bowl in which you are comfortable mixing the ingredients. Put first the fresh spinach, dried figs, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, almonds and mix everything carefully so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

 

Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over the top.

 

A Tip you may be interested in

If you are short on time, you can prepare the base and leave it in the fridge 24 hours in advance (without dressing, of course). Our advice is to prepare the dressing as well. And when you serve it, dress it. 

 

You'll have a very nutritious and healthy salad in a couple of minutes, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it ;) 

 

When it comes to salads, the possibilities are endless. But sometimes we all need a little inspiration. This dried fig, goat cheese and spinach salad is a great option for any occasion. It's easy to make, nutritious and very fresh.

 

So next time you're looking for a salad option, give this one a try! You won't be disappointed.

 

 

 

Figs, with their mellow flesh and the crunchy touch of their seeds, are a pleasure for all the senses. Not only that, but they are succulent and provide us with energy, vitamins, minerals and fibre.

 

Thanks to their unique taste and nutritional value, they are unlike any other fruit on the market today. 

 

Today we would like to tell you about their origin and history.

 

 

A bit of history

 

Figs are a delicious and nutritious fruit that have been appreciated by humans for thousands of years. And not only are they delicious, but they also have a long and fascinating history. 

 

The fig tree is believed to have originated in the Middle East or Asia Minor and has been cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region for centuries. Figs have been enjoyed since ancient times and are even mentioned in the Bible. 

 

Scholars believe they were one of the first plants domesticated by man. They reached the Mediterranean region, and consequently the rest of the world, through human migration. 

 

In ancient times, figs were an important source of food for many peoples. They were also used for medicinal purposes to treat various ailments.

 

It has been present in Greece for centuries. There it is known as the "fruit of the philosophers", because it was valued by those who knew how good it tasted!

 

The ancient Egyptians believed that figs were a gift from God and consumed them to maintain good health. 

 

 

The symbolism of figs

 

For centuries, figs have been associated with peace, prosperity and fertility. 

 

In ancient Greece and Rome, figs were an important part of the diet, and the trees were often planted near houses as a symbol of good luck. 

Today, figs still play an important role in some religions. 

 

In Christianity, the fig tree is associated with paradise, and in Islam it is considered a symbol of purity. In Hinduism, the tree is considered sacred, and in Judaism, it is a symbol of abundance. Buddhists also hold the fig tree in high esteem, believing that it was under a fig tree that Buddha attained enlightenment. Whether eaten or simply admired, figs have always been prized for their beauty and symbolism.

 

 

Figs today

Today, figs remain popular and are grown in many parts of the world. The main producers of figs are Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Morocco and Spain. There are more than 700 varieties of fig trees worldwide, and about 300 of them are grown for human consumption. 

 

Figs are a good source of fibre and other nutrients, and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether eaten fresh, dried or in a recipe, figs are a delicious and nutritious food.

 

They pair excellently with red meats, poultry, fish and cheeses. They are also an excellent ingredient in all kinds of desserts and cakes. On our blog, you will find many recipes

 

Figs have been around for centuries and are a delicious and nutritious fruit. They are also full of history and can be enjoyed in many different ways. We hope you try them for yourself and let us know what you think on our social networks - thanks for reading!

 

 

snack in minutes with whipped cream cheese, dried figs, mango and seasonal fruits

 

It's summer, the middle of August and we're in "holiday mode". It's quite hot and we feel like eating light, fresh and, above all, quick to prepare, to avoid spending long hours in the kitchen. 

 

Today we want to share with you a fresh, healthy and delicious snack that you can prepare in 5 minutes... (Or less).

 

Why is this recipe especially for athletes?

This snack is a great option for athletes, as it provides them with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

 

Whipped cream cheese contains a high protein content, mostly casein, a slow-absorbing protein. Skimmed cheese is the perfect non-fat substitute for cream. It is gluten-free, which also makes it ideal for coeliacs.

 

It also has no added sugar. The sweetness of our snack has been achieved thanks to the sweetness of our El Pajarero dried figs, another food rich in iron, magnesium and calcium that will give you everything your muscles need. 

 

Another advantage of this recipe is that you don't need a long list of ingredients, you don't have to use heat and you'll have it ready in just a few minutes. So if you're short on time or just looking for something new to try, this recipe will be perfect for you. Without further ado, let's get started!

  

Ingredients for two servings

  • 200g 0% fat whipped cream cheese or the one of your choice 
  • 6 dried figs "El Pajarero"
  • 80g ripe mango
  • 1 golden or green kiwi
  • 2 large strawberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Optional: honey, banana and seasonal fruits of your choice.

 

Preparation

Cut the figs in half. The advantage of our El Pajarero dried figs is that as they are small, you won't need many cuts.

 

Peel the mango and dice it. Do the same with the kiwi, strawberries and any other fruit you have decided to add.

 

Once you have the fruits ready, separate the whipped cream cheese into two bowls (100 grams each). Spread the fruit on top of the whipped cheese and here's a tip: if you play with the colours of the fruit, it will be even more appetising ;) 

 

Set aside in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

 

Before eating, sprinkle with chia seeds. Another option is to add chopped walnuts.

 

As mentioned above, this recipe is sugar-free. The sweetness will be achieved with our El Pajarero dried figs. And also if the fruits you have added are at the right point of ripeness.

However, if you think it lacks sugar, you can pour a thin trickle of honey on top. It will give it a delicious and natural touch.

  

This recipe is perfect for summer and as you can see, it is very easy to make, just mix all the ingredients and enjoy! 



 

If you ask anyone about the minerals our bodies need, they will probably mention calcium, sodium and iron. But what about potassium? This essential mineral is another must-have that our bodies need to function properly. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at it and discover some of its benefits. 

 

Potassium plays essential roles in the stability of the body's heart rhythm, nervous system and muscles. 

 

The good news is that it is found in many foods we eat every day. By consuming the right amount, your body will have all the potassium it needs to stay healthy.

 

Main functions of potassium

Potassium plays multiple roles in the body. Without potassium, our body would not be able to function as it should.

  • Helps regulate blood pressure
     
  • Stimulates nerve impulses
     
  • It is involved in the production of proteins
     
  • Helps eliminate organic waste
     
  • Helps process carbohydrates
     
  • Has a diuretic effect
     
  • Supports muscle function
     
  • Helps the permeability of membranes 
     
  • Contributes to nerve transmission
     
  • Aids in the transport of oxygen to the brain

 

Some of its benefits

Normal bodily functions depend on the tight regulation of potassium concentrations inside and outside cells. This has many benefits, some of them are:

  • A diet rich in potassium and calcium reduces blood pressure. High blood pressure can have many detrimental effects on the heart, blood vessels and kidneys.
     
  • It helps regulate the heartbeat. Potassium is essential for this function because it helps maintain electrical activity within cells, especially muscle cells. In fact, two-thirds of the body's total potassium supply is stored in the muscles.
     
  • Potassium aids muscle contraction by causing muscles to contract more forcefully than they would at rest when they are ready for action - think of muscles contracting during exercise, but with much greater force than they would under normal circumstances.
     
  • As potassium is a mineral that behaves as an electrolyte, if you play sport or are exposed to rigorous exercise, it is normal to lose fluids and electrolytes after prolonged exertion. Therefore, in addition to consuming potassium, it is essential to drink water to recover and prevent muscle cramps.
     
  • Potassium is important for maintaining healthy bones. It aids protein synthesis and helps maintain a healthy pH balance in the body. Potassium also helps build the minerals that make up bones.
  • Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps fight fatigue. Low levels of potassium can lead to a feeling of tiredness and lethargy, so it is important to make sure you get enough of this essential nutrient each day.

 

What foods contain the most potassium?

Some foods rich in potassium include:

  • Broccoli, spinach, cabbage and other green leafy vegetables
     
  • Dried figs, nuts and others dried fruit
     
  • Grapes, fresh figs and blackberries
     
  • Carrots and potatoes
     
  • Bananas and plantains
     
  • Whole grains
     
  • Lentils and pulses
     
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits
     
  • Milk and its derivatives
     
  • Red meat and poultry
     
  • Fish such as salmon, cod and sardines. etc.

 

In the second part of this article we will tell you how much potassium you should consume per day, which are the main foods that contain the most and how much potassium they provide. In the meantime, we will tell you more on our social networks:

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Pear and dried fig pancakes: the perfect healthy and delicious  Combination!

 

Start your day with a delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare breakfast. These pear and dried fig pancakes will give you the energy you need to get through the morning. They're loaded with fibre, protein and antioxidants, making them the perfect way to start your day. Best of all, they're delicious. So try them today and let us know.

  

Without further ado, let's get cooking!

 

  

Ingredients

 

5 El Pajarero dried figs

 

3 tablespoons of oats (30 g) 

 

2 eggs

 

2 medium pears

 

Toppings (optional) Here are some suggestions at the end of the recipe

 

  

Preparation

 

First wash and cut the peeled pears into small cubes and the El Pajarero dried figs into small pieces.

  

Then mix the oat flakes with the eggs. We will obtain a semi-liquid preparation.

  

Next, add the figs and pears to the previous mixture.

 

Heat a non-stick frying pan and add a very small amount of oil or butter (just enough so that they do not stick together). Then with a large spoon, add two or three tablespoons of the preparation, the amount depends on the size of the pancake you prefer and also on the size of your frying pan.

 

Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. When they turn  lightly golden brown, you can flip them over. They cook quite quickly.

 

They are delicious on their own, but you can add toppings if you prefer. We have tried them with walnuts and one of these:

 

Dulce de leche

 

Grated bitter chocolate

 

Cream (or whipped cream)

 

A scoop of vanilla ice cream

 

If you add a different topping to the ones we have suggested, let us know. We are always looking for new combinations :)

 

Ready to try these delicious El Pajarero pear and dried fig "pancakes"? We're sure you're going to love them! 

 

We'd love to hear what you think on our social networks. 

 

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If you're looking for a recipe of Oporto chicken with dried figs, you may find many recipes, especially in books (or blogs) relating to French cuisine. Dried figs, due to their versatility, are very popular in European countries, that’s why people use them often.

 

Still, we have prepared this recipe to make it as easy as possible step by step. It’s likely that this will be the easiest chicken Oporto with dried figs recipe you’ll find on the internet.

 

Now without further ado, let’s reveal our special recipe. We hope you'll be surprised by this amazing combination of flavors. It’s pretty easy to make. Let 's go! 

 

Ingredients for four servings

  • 4 hind quarters of free-range chicken
  • 200 grams of dried figs El Pajarero 
  • 200 ml of water or broth
  • 200 ml Oporto wine
  • 50 ml apple vinegar
  • Rosemary, salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 300g of fine peas for garnish

 

Preparation

Marinate the figs in the port and vinegar at least one hour in advance. 

 

Once marinated, drain the figs and put them apart. Keep the juice from the marinade.

 

Meanwhile, add two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan covering the entire base. While it's heating, season the chicken with salt, black pepper and rosemary. Brown the chicken on both sides. 

 

While the hindquarters are browning, take the liquid left over from the marinade, mix it with water, cook it and reduce it until you get a dense sauce.

 

Finally mix it with the figs.

 

As the figs El Pajarero (variety calabacita) are small in size, we introduce them whole in the reduced sauce and put them aside for a few minutes. We left the stalks, but if you prefer, you can remove them before soaking them in Oporto.

 

Now it is time to serve. On a bed of sauce, place a portion of chicken and some figs on top. You can add a few drops of sauce if you like. 

 

Leave room for the fine peas, which should be steamed with a pinch of salt. And if you prefer, drizzle them with a few drops of olive oil.

 

As a suggestion, serve it with a mixed seasonal vegetables salad. It combines perfectly with the sweet and sour flavor of the chicken with dried figs in Oporto.

 

If you've worked up an appetite, come on, let's get cooking!

 

fresh salad with dried figs, cured Iberian ham and Parmesan cheese

 

 

Most people think that dried figs, in gastronomy, are only used for baking. When you prepare this delicious salad, you will see why they are so delicious in all kinds of recipes. To make this easy and nutritious dish, you will need few ingredients and little preparation time. Don't miss it because it's delicious.  

 

You will only need dried figs, cured Iberian ham, corn, lettuce varieties and Parmesan cheese (or another cheese of your choice). 

 

You can already find El Pajarero dried figs in several supermarkets, take advantage of them in this delicious fresh salad combining them with seasonal products.  Dried figs, because of their sweetness, are perfect to combine with the other ingredients. The contrasting flavor is perfect. And the sum of them allows to create a delicate texture. Here is the recipe. Take note, you will love the outcome.

 

 

Ingredients

15 dried figs El Pajarero

 

50 gr of Parmesan cheese  

 

Variety of lettuce or lamb's lettuce

 

Corn to taste

 

Olive oil to taste

 

50 gr of Iberian ham

 

Black pepper

 

Salt

 

 

Preparation

Remove the sticks from the dried figs and cut them in half. Set aside. Wash the lettuce (or lamb's lettuce), drain well and once dry, distribute them in a large bowl or plate. It will be the base of the salad.

 

Next, cut the Iberian ham into slices of medium thickness and then chop it with a knife or your fingers. Remember that a freshly sliced ham will always have more flavor than a packaged one. Place it on top of the lettuce or lamb's lettuce. 

 

Continue with the rest of the ingredients. On top of the lettuce and ham, scatter the corn, the amount you prefer. Then cut the Parmesan cheese into small, thin pieces and place it on top of the lettuce, ham and corn, so that it blends with the rest of the ingredients. 

 

Finally, we will crown the salad with the El Pajarero dried figs already cut in halves. 

 

Season with salt, a pinch of black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil to your liking. However, we recommend that you do not season too much, because all the ingredients, by themselves, have an intense flavor.

 

In a few minutes, you will have a luxury salad ready to eat, you just need to taste it! Give yourself a little treat.

 

 

Dried figs with eggplant, onion and roasted chicken sandwich

 

If you're a sandwich person, you're going to love this one, especially because it's quick, easy and delicious.

 

For one of those days when you don't feel like cooking, this dried fig and roast chicken sandwich (you can use leftover chicken) will come in handy.

 

To prepare it we will need a small amount of shredded chicken meat, a few slices of dried figs, fresh herbs, nuts, creamy cream cheese spread, a barely roasted eggplant, nuts and a good loaf of bread.

 

  

Ingredients

The quantities listed below are adequate for a medium/large sandwich. We give you this information so that you can get the ingredients for the quantity of sandwiches you need.

 

100 g roasted chicken

 

3 tablespoons spreadable cream cheese

 

3 tablespoons red onion

 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

 

4 fresh mint leaves

 

4 dried figs variety El Pajarero

 

1 eggplant, sliced and lightly roasted

 

A spoonful of ground peanuts or walnuts, not too small

 

If you like it spicy, add fresh or dried chili to taste

 

Salt

 

 

Preparation

First, shred the chicken with the help of a fork. Season to taste with salt, pepper and if you want to give it a spicy touch, sprinkle in some chili flakes.

 

  

Afterwards, wash and cut the eggplant in medium slices, put it on a griddle and after a few minutes turn it over. While the eggplant is grilling, finely chop the onion, then mix it with the fresh cheese spread with the chopped red onion, olive oil and two mint leaves, also chopped.

 

  

Toast the bread, then spread the fresh cream cheese and spread on top the shredded chicken, the sliced dried figs, the roasted eggplants with a few drops of olive oil, the chopped nuts, the other two chopped mint leaves and close with the top of the bread.

 

 

You will get a delicious vegetable sandwich with dried figs, chicken and vegetables. You'll surely want to make it again!

 

 

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