This riff on iconic PB&J is great for both gym bags and lunch boxes. The dynamic duo of apple and figs provides carbs to give you the little rev your body needs. You can add extra crunch by sprinkling on some granola.
Enjoy this free recipe from Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure by award-winning sports nutritionist Matt Kadey. Rocket Fuel offers 120 delicious, creative, and convenient recipes to power your everday exercise and weekend adventures. Take a look at Rocket Fuel!
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo-friendly, Vegan or Vegetarian
Active time: 15 min
½ cup dried figs, stems removed
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons peanut butter or other nut butter
2 large apples, cored and sliced into six ¼-inch-thick rounds*
* If not eating right away, you can brush the apple slices with a solution of 3 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice to slow browning.
Place figs in a bowl, cover with 1 cup boiling water, and let soak 30 minutes. Place figs, the soaking liquid, cinnamon, ginger, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend until slightly chunky.
Let cool. Jam can be chilled for up to 10 days.
Spread about 1 ½ teaspoons nut butter and 1 tablespoon fig jam on one apple slice and top with another apple slice. Repeat with remaining apple slices and filling as needed.
Use store-bought berry jam or cherry preserves instead of the fig mixture + Replace nut butter with coconut butter or seed butter.
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.