I have made many fig recipes and even my own version of a Fig Newton so I needed something new. Something with a twist. Perhaps this is what my brain couldn’t stop thinking about. Oh, those glorious figs… I needed to make a fig something but what? You probably think I’m kidding when I say that I literally thought about this for days.
I thought of probably a hundred different recipes I could make and how I could make them healthy. I needed it to be different than my past fig baking ventures. No fig bars or cookies this time.
That’s when I landed on walnut fig bliss balls or energy balls or energy bites—whatever you want to call them. They are small, delicious, loaded with energy and in ball form.
Walnuts and figs are a match made in heaven and my boyfriend thought so too! He said they were a great replacement to his Fig Newtons he sneakily snuck into my kitchen. I agree with his comment and would even go as far as to say they are better than your traditional sugar-filled fig cookie. When I was a kid, I thought Fig Newtons were healthy and boy was I wrong. While figs are great for you and contain lots of minerals, vitamins and fiber, the traditional fig cookie is not! So it’s understandable how as a child I thought such a thing. My walnut fig energy bites provide all those minerals, vitamins and fiber with an added dose of healthy because it’s not be contradicted by high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. The best part about making your own food: knowing exactly what’s in it. All the way down to the very last calorie, I know and can pronounce all four ingredients in these delicious fig filled goodness balls. Maybe that’s what I should call them!
(Make this next: No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites)
- ½ cup walnuts
- 1 cup figs, stems removed
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a food processor on high until a dough forms. You may need to stop and scrape the sides and bottom.
- Separate dough into 11 evenly sized balls.
- Store in an airtight container.