These wholesome Fig and Date Energy Balls are a fresh flavor twist on classic date energy balls. They’re an easy, healthy snack recipe and taste postively divine!
With their caramel-like flavor, natural sweetness, and stickiness, dates are a popular choice for no bake energy balls and bars (like these Vegan Protein Bars), but they are certainly not the only option. No baking required and little prep time, which is a plus!
Other sticky dried fruits can work too!
Stay excited about your healthy snacks and try making energy balls with a combination of dates AND figs. (These Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites are stellar too.)
Figs are one of my absolute favorite fruits for both sweet and savory cooking.
I love having another excuse to enjoy them any time of day.
For even more energy ball flavor varieties, check out Energy Balls | The Ultimate Recipe Guide!
5 Star Review
“Super great recipe!! Nice and quick, really good snack to keep you going throughout the day.”— Kathryn —
These fig and date energy balls are the perfect healthy snack.
- They’re loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats so they’re an ideal option when you’re looking for a quick fix to satisfy your appetite between meals. (These Protein Balls with chocolate chips are another favorite.)
- Fig balls are also a far, far happier, healthier choice than a bag of chips. Low-sodium, low-calorie, and naturally sweetened with the goodness of dates and figs.
- They are also ultra-portable, making them ideal for an on-the-go breakfast or post-workout snack. (These No Bake Granola Bars are another stellar on-the-go option.)
Take these snacks to the gym, in the car while running errands, and keep a few in the fridge for afternoon snack attacks.
How to Make Fig and Date Energy Balls
With just six simple ingredients, fig and date energy balls are an easy, healthy snack recipe you can have ready in just 15 minutes.
- Oats. The founding structure for fig and date energy balls, oats offer fiber to help you stay full. You can use either old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats to make fig and date energy balls. No need for flour in these fig energy bites!
- Dried Mission Figs. Sweet, high in fiber, and containing vital nutrients like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin K and vitamin C, dried figs are an excellent addition to any energy bites recipe (try them in these No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls).
- Dried Medjool Dates. Naturally sweeten the energy balls—no added sweeteners or sugars required. (I also love adding dates to smoothies like this Date Shake).
- Flaxseeds. Contribute extra fiber, protein, and healthy fats to the energy balls.
- Almond Butter. Tastes lovely with the figs and helps bind the energy bites together.
- Vanilla. Enhances the natural flavors of the figs, dates, and almond butter.
- Gather your ingredients.
- Place everything into the bowl of a large food processor.
- Pulse a few times to loosely combine, then continue to blend until the batter begins to clump and stick to the sides of the bowl.
- Shape into balls with your hands. ENJOY! Total time is 15 mintues!
- To Store. Refrigerate leftover energy bites in an airtight container for up to 2 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.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Food Processor. A large 13-cup food processor makes mixing up a batch (or two) of these fig balls a breeze.
- Storage Container. I like to store energy bites in a large, shallow rectangular container with a lid in a single layer.
- Measuring Cups. This everyday set of measuring cups is my fav.
Let’s get rolling!
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Fresh figs contain much more moisture than dried figs. The excess liquid will make the bites soggy and prevent them from holding their shape.
Sure! Coconut fig energy balls would be delish! Swap a few tablespoons of the oats for shredded coconut.
Yes. Energy balls are a fantastic healthy, low-calorie, no salt added snack idea. Energy bites are a great alternative to processed snack foods (like those fig newtons) because they are loaded with wholesome ingredients containing protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats that keep you feeling fuller longer.
While I haven’t experimented with it, you could try a dash of cinnamon or crushed walnuts or pecans.
Fig and Date Energy Balls
- 15 dried Mission figs (6 ounces)
- 7 pitted Medjool 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 large 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.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate fig and date energy balls in an airtight container for up to 2 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: No bake energy bites may be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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