Since starting Every Last Bite almost 7 months ago I am quite proud of the varied selection of recipes I have posted. There have been salads and soups, starters and dips as well as breads, bars and cookies. No matter how creative or delicious each recipe is, week after week the most popular posts are my Apple Pie, Coconut & Ginger and Banana Bread Energy Balls, not that I’m judging you guys for checking them out, they are seriously good.
I think its fair to say that energy balls are rapidly becoming “my thing” which I’m actually quite embarrassed about. After years in the kitchen, I consider myself to be a pretty decent cook, so when people tell me they absolutely love my energy ball recipes which take almost zero skill and can be made in under 10 minutes, it doesn’t fill me with much confidence for the rest of my cooking. But alas, if quick and easy energy balls is what you want, then I’m not going to fight it.
I have been on a mission to make fig newtons for awhile now which has proven to be more challenging then I had originally anticipated. After 2 batches of crumbly mush, I threw in the towel. I guess you can’t win them all. What to do when you are rapidly losing your patience and have a bowl of figs taunting you? Make energy balls! 7 minutes later and I was smugly patting myself on the back while rolling the batter into balls. Mission accomplished.
I’m loving these energy balls because they taste just like fig newtons. They are packed full of flavour and texture with chunky figs, crunchy seeds and bits of toasted nuts. These balls will last about a week in the fridge although I prefer to eat them frozen on my way to work, or before a work out, or after dinner or….well you get the picture.
- 2 cups dried figs
- ¼ cup dried dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp honey (or other sweetener)
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted & chopped
- ¼ cup pecans, toasted & chopped
- In a blender or food processor combine the dried figs, dates, honey and vanilla, blend until broken down and well combined
- Add the pecans and walnuts, pulse until the nuts have broken into small bits
- Once blended, scoop out tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls, depending on the stickiness you can wet your hands a touch to make the balls easier to roll
- Store the balls in the fridge in a sealed container for approximately a week, or you can keep them in the freezer for over a month