Coffee Fig Sauce
Matthew Kadey, MS, RD
Matthew Kadey, MS, RD
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145 Calories
32 g Carbs
2 g Protein
1 g Fat
Total Time
4 servings

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

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  1. 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.
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove the figs and star anise from the pan. Reserve the figs, and discard the star anise.
  3. Simmer the liquid, uncovered, over medium-high heat until reduced and syrupy, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Return the figs to the pan, and add the vanilla extract and cacao nibs (optional). Remove from heat and let cool.

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