This recipe is for fig-newton-like energy balls that Eric and I are hooked on! They’re super easy to make and it takes more time to form the little balls than to prep.
You can be whip some up just before a long ride or a hard workout and toss em’ in a baggie or wrap in foil and boom – you’ve got a natural, healthy, and totally customizable snack to keep you from hitting the wall.
If you’re in a rush and need a quick breakfast on-the-go, these would also be a pretty good munch to hold you over on your way out the door.
The first time I made these, (using the recipe below) we had some dried tart cherries and a few pitted dates left over so those were included in the original recipe. This morning, I made another batch and used only figs (about 2 cups worth) and found that the mix was slightly less dense and a little stickier than with dates so I ended up adding a little bit extra coconut and some quinoa to dry it out a bit. I’d recommend doing a blend of fig & dates if you can, but it’s totally doable to use only figs too, you just might have to add a little extra dried ingredients to get the consistency right. I like to use my hands to scoop up about 2 tablespoons worth of the “dough”, or whatever you wanna call it, and squish it into a ball… kinda like play-doh that doesn’t roll. If you try rolling it, it’ll crumble so you you really gotta imagine that your smashing all of the ingredients together like meatloaf lol. If it’s too dry – add 1 or 2 more figs. If it’s too sticky – add some more coconut or nuts.
Also, I’m a huge fan of tossing in super-foods whenever I can. The recipe below includes chia seeds (super high in potassium, calcium, and other goodies) but you could omit or substitute for flax or any other super-seed you fancy. The batch I made this morning, I added about 2 tablespoons of uncooked quinoa and we used raw almonds in place of the roasted cashews. Basically, as long as the consistency is sticky and dense, you can add or substitute whatever the heck you want and they’re still gonna be tasty. :)
Hope you enjoy!
Fig & Nut Energy Balls
[This recipe makes about 10 balls… maybe more]
1 cup pitted, dried dates*
1 cup dried figs (remove stems)
2 tablespoon chia seeds*
1/4 cup salted (or unsalted) sunflower seeds*
1 pinch salt (only if using unsalted nuts)
1/4 cup dry roasted or raw cashews (unsalted)*
2 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (+ extra for topping)
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries*
* Optional – these items can be substituted for other nuts or dried fruits that you prefer.
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until everything is in small pieces. In a small bowl or plate, scatter some shredded coconut for coating outside of balls to reduce the stickiness. With clean hands, scoop up about 2 tablespoons worth of mixture and squeeze and press into a ball shape (they don’t roll…). Once desired shape and size is acquired, toss gently in bowl of coconut until evenly coated. Continue making balls until you run out of fixins’. Store in airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
Estimated Nutritional Info:
(amounts are estimated for 1 ball serving)
Calories: 240 Calories from Fat: 94
Total Fat: 36.7g Saturated Fat: 4 g
Trans Fat: 0g Sodium: 46 mg
Potassium: 314 mg Total Carbohydrates: 39 g
Sugar: 27 g Protein: 4 g
This recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, high in calcium, iron, high in fiber, and totally delicious :)