Honey-Nut Stuffed Dried Figs

Calabria Style Stuffed Figs


Snacking on dried fruits and nuts (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and my pantry is generally stocked with a variety of both. Dates, figs, walnuts, almonds and pistachios are in the majority.

The natural fruit sugar provides a burst of quick energy, while the healthy fat in the nuts helps take the edge off hunger.

Combining honey, nuts and fresh citrus zest, not only makes a delicious stuffing for figs but, can also be enjoyed, stirred into oatmeal, scattered over yogurt, sprinkled on your favorite flavor of gelato and when no one’s looking …  by the spoonful.


  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
  • Dried figs
  1. Using a large skillet, toast the chopped almonds and hazelnuts. Remove from heat and and mix in the orange and lemon zest. Add in the honey and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Cut the figs almost in half and stuff with the nut mixture. I use my hands and press it into the bottom half (to keep it in place) and then press on the top to close it.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350* oven for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with an additional drizzle of honey if you please.
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