I made these easy Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites to combat tortilla chip incidents.

Fig and Almond No Bake Energy Bites. Easy, healthy, vegan, and gluten free

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?

Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites. An easy and healthy snack—vegan and gluten free

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.

Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites. A quick healthy snack! Vegan and gluten free

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
  • flaxseeds
  • 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.)

Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites. A quick, healthy snack that's vegan and gluten free

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

Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites. Vegan and gluten free

Move over tortilla chips. 4:45 has a new snack supreme!

Fig and Almond No Bake Energy Bites. Easy, healthy, vegan, and gluten free

Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites

5 from 4 votes
An easy and healthy snack made with figs, almond butter, dates, and oatmeal. You’ll love this chewy, fruity treat! (Vegan and gluten free).

Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins

Servings: 18 1-inch bites, approx.


  • 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.


Refrigerate leftover Fig Almond 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.

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  1. I can totally relate to the battle of the tortilla chip. Usually by 4:om I’m starving, yet hubs doesn’t get home for dinner until around 6:30. I love that these bites are so easy to put together. And just a couple should hold me over until meal time.

  2. Too funny! It happens to me ALL THE TIME. I’ve also been known to eat 3 or 4 packs of my kids fruit snacks while making dinner. It’s bad.

    These look awesome. If I can find figs in my pantry, I’m making them today! 

  3. Yasss you know my weakness. There’s something about the hour between 4-5pm that makes my stomach go nuts. Loving the energy bite posts, girl. Keep em coming!

  4. Haha the perfect incident to make these energy bites!! I need to be more conscious about snacking but it’s soo good! I’m sure these will curb those stubborn cravings, though! They look perfect especially no-bake!

  5. Oh yes…4:45 is when my kiddos start circling, reaching for cookies and I’m yelling, “Don’t spoil your dinner!!” which is something I thought I’d never be the type of mom to say. These are perfect!

  6. All I gotta say is YUM! I love energy bites – specially when they have dates and almond butter in them!

  7. I hate those late afternoon hunger pains! And yep, I always reach for something that’s not exactly full of nutrients. These looks so good, and I especially love the fig, as I’m kind of obsessed with buying everything fig right now. (Just bought a fig BUTTER at TJ!)

  8. Once I get over this sickness and back to the gym, I need to make these! I am not big on breakfast but I need a little something in the morning, and trying to go low carb… I might take it a step further and dip these in dark chocolate, mmmm…

  9. Boy are you and I on the same wavelength. :) We’ve been having a tummy rumble epidemic in our house with an attempt toward lighter eating after the holidays. These look like a perfect fix!

  10. Haha I know exactly what you mean by your 4:45pm craving. I get those whenever I’m not busy with anything. These energy bites look great, and I love mine with dried figs too!

  11. These look to die for. I always make these with hopes of them lasting a week but the kids think they are candy and they disappear so fast! Must double up and try your version. 

  12. Fig jam spread on pizza has my heart and I see these energy bites having my afternoon snack asap!

  13. I couldn’t help but just say “that sounds like me” as I was reading this post! Sometimes, I just make a big batch of hummus in the afternoon and dip chips, crackers, or veggies in them. Whatever I can find really. I fill myself up with it, and by the time my man friend gets home, he goes, “what’s for dinner?” Um, hummus?

  14. OK between the tortilla chip witching hour and the human blanket burrito, I think we officially are the same person. So pass me a dozen of these delicious little bites, twin! ;)

  15. Had all the ingredients and made them this morning after reading your post. Had 2 immediately. Had to add a little liquid so they would hold together. My dates were not the freshest but they are yummy.

    1. Jenice, I’m so excited to hear you liked these bites! I’m guessing they got a little crumbly since the dates weren’t as fresh, but adding liquid as you did was the perfect thing to do. Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to leave your thoughts. I really appreciate it! Happy snacking :) 

  16. HAHA. For me, it’s more like post-workout “I’m starving! What can I eat while I’m making dinner?!” issue. I love that you used dried figs! DRIED FIGS  >>> dried dates! I love them!!! I actually made something similar to this for marathon nutrition during my race in November!

  17. That tortilla chip bag already called my name today…twice! Ahhhh! ;) Tomorrow, I WILL have a new 4:45 snack. I’ve been crazy about dates lately, so these are right up my alley! 

  18. haha oh gosh I have the exact same problem with chips and salsa! I did something similar before lunch today … and ruined my lunch! These bites look awesome!

  19. You know me (or maybe humanity in general?) so well! I definitely had a pita chip incident around 4:30 today. These look like a fantastic way to fend off pre-dinner hangry munchies. Yum!

  20. Tortilla chip cravings are a serious thing! I can’t keep them in the house! I do however love these energy bites. I am always looking for some easy snacks I can take on the go!

  21. Yum!! They look delicious Erin!
    I always have some bliss energy balls stashed in my fridge for easy snacking and pick-me-ups, so I’ll never say no to a new recipe!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  22. My mouth is watering reading your post- can’t wait to make!  I recently made a similar version, but I always love trying every recipe out there.  I’m glad I came across your blog–great content and I look forward to following!

  23. Oh man, do I ever feel you on the tortilla chips…they are totally my 4:30 pm weakness. These energy bites look like a delicious substitution!

  24. I’ve been known to have a tortilla incident or two as well. Late afternoon is a dangerous time for me and these would keep me on track so that I don’t ruin dinner!

  25. Haha yes, I have zero control with how many chips I consume once that bag is near me – especially around that 4:30 mark.  These energy bites look like ht perfect healthier choice! 

  26. I’ve really gotten into making energy balls and keeping them handy for when the munchies hit. This recipe sounds delicious with the fig/almond combo.

  27. These are soooo good! Made a half batch just to try them. Went back and immediately made a full batch. My daughter loved them (me too). I plan on taking them to work and making people try them as well.

    1. Kate, I am so happy to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed these so much! Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you.

  28. These energy bites look delicious! I was just wondering if I could use peanut butter instead of almond butter? Thanks!

  29. Tasted Great!I added some rotien powder and I put everything in a food processor that was on your site, but the link to the full recipe does not work5 stars

    1. Hi Shannon! I’m SO happy you enjoyed these, and thank you for pointing out the link issue. I’ve added the recipe to my site, so now you should be able to see it on the blog page itself!

  30. Very good! I added a touch of honey and rolled my bites in finely crushed walnuts. Funny how almost everyone has the same tortilla, salsa, hummus experience that knocks out dinner motivation!5 stars

    1. Hi Jodie! I’m so excited to hear how much you enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review!

    1. Hi BJ! Nutritional information is something I started adding to recipes in January 2016. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process, so I’m unable to go back to all my past recipes to add it. The good news is that you can calculate the calories for free at MyFitnessPal (there are other similar sites too). I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

  31. Super great recipe!! Nice and quick, really good snack to keep you going throughout the day, I didn’t have any almond butter so substituted in peanut butter. Just as good!! Can’t wait to try more varieties :)5 stars

  32. These sound wonderful. I have persimmons in my freezer and want to know if you have any ideas on how you could turn them into energy balls. They are so sweet I don’t think you’d have to ad any type of sweetner

    1. Hi Suzie! I don’t have any idea how to make these with persimmons, but I did a quick Google search and there are a ton of recipes using persimmons for energy balls! Hope this helps!