Say hello to the most awesome yogurt topping ever. Figs add natural sweetness, whereas the highly flavored coffee syrup is a total taste bud party. You can also use the sauce on cottage cheese, oatmeal, and ice cream. If preferred, dried plums can be used in replace of dried figs. Better-body bonus: Parched figs are more than just carbohydrates. They also supply hunger-fighting fiber, providing 2 grams per fig!
- 1¼ cup coffee, brewed
- 15 dried figs, stems trimmed and quartered
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 whole star anise
- 2 tsp orange zest
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cacao nibs
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the coffee, figs, honey (or maple syrup), star anise, orange zest, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
- With a slotted spoon, remove the figs and star anise from the pan. Reserve the figs, and discard the star anise.
- Simmer the liquid, uncovered, over medium-high heat until reduced and syrupy, about 5-7 minutes.
- Return the figs to the pan, and add the vanilla extract and cacao nibs (optional). Remove from heat and let cool.