I made these easy Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites to combat tortilla chip incidents.
These incidents occur most frequently at 4:45 p.m, when it’s too early to sit down to dinner, but my oblivious stomach is growling anyway. I tell myself that I need just a little bitty something to tide myself over until mealtime. Nothing so serious as a protein bar—a few tortilla chips should do the trick.
Flash forward 15-minutes, and I’m two-thirds of the way through the bag, hungrier than when I started, and really I might as well bust out the salsa, because what are tortilla chips without salsa?
Eventually, I am forced to cook, because Ben does not view “tortilla chips” and “dinner” as synonymous—plus by this point, I’ve eaten all but one sad, crumbled chip at the bottom of the bag. By the time we sit down for our actual meal, I’m no longer hungry. The pesky tortilla chips have beaten me again.
Fig almond no bake energy bites are designed for the crucial moments like my 4:45 p.m., when you need something to satisfy your appetite between meals. They are also a far, far happier, healthier choice than a bag of chips. They are also ultra-portable, making them ideal for an on-the-go breakfast. I even keep a few in a small container in my purse for long afternoons running errands. The Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through is far less tempting when my stomach is silent.
How to Make Fig Almond Energy Bites
I love how simple and wholesome the ingredients in fig almond no bake energy bites are:
- rolled oats
- dried figs and dates
- almond butter
The almond and fig taste lovely together, the dates provide natural sweetness, and the flax, oats, and almond butter add filling fiber and protein. They are even vegan and gluten free! So much to enjoy.
To make the bites, simply blend the ingredients in your food processor, roll into balls, and chill. That’s it! I’ve taken to making a quick batch of energy bites (or these Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites) on the weekends, so I have an easy, healthy snack or post-workout booster on hand whenever I need it. (Some other favorites are these super adaptable Energy Balls and these tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites, and I’ve got to try these Healthy Cherry Energy Balls sometime.)
Energy Bites Storage Tips
- To Store. Refrigerate leftover energy bites in an airtight container for up to two weeks. The bites will be safe to eat longer but will begin to dry out. They can be eaten directly from the fridge, though I like to let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before munching.
- To Freeze. Place fig almond bites in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy bites as desired.
More Easy and Healthy Snacks
- Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites
- Homemade Strawberry Mango Fruit Roll Ups
- Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola
Move over tortilla chips. 4:45 has a new snack supreme!
Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites
- 15 dried Mission figs (6 ounces)
- 7 pitted Mejool dates (4 ounces)
- 1/4 cup natural almond butter
- 3/4 cup oats, either old fashioned or quick cooking (gluten free if necessary)
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to loosely combine, then with a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend and pulse for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture begins to clump and sticks to the sides of the bowl, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
- Portion the mixture into your hands, then roll the mixture into any sized balls you like. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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