Fig and date energy balls with raw cashews, chia seeds, and hemp seeds are a flavor-packed snack. This easy recipe comes together quickly in a food processor and is vegan and paleo.

Fig and Date balls made with raw cashews, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. A healthy vegan and paleo snack

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been obsessed with balls lately.

It started with my first recipe for Paleo Fat Balls when I discovered how quick, easy, healthful and convenient these little bites of joy could be.

From there, I started getting frisky with flavors and whipped up Vanilla Chai Fat Balls followed by Chocolate Fat Balls  and Carrot Cake Fat Balls.

…And now, we’re going ultra sweet with these fig and date energy balls, which are basically the most epic portable sugar bombs for those moments you just need to fuel your sweet tooth flame.

The combination of dates and figs makes for a sweet treat and also that Fig Newton flavor with the figgy poppy texture.

I also love the texture the chia seeds add to these balls…they’re basically like a grain-free Fig Newton rolled up in a baller package.

Traditionally, I’m not much of a snacker, but I’m wild about balls…they’re a part of my daily life.

Ingredients for Fig and Date Energy Balls:

I love that these fig and date energy balls are made with all natural whole foods, take only a few minutes to prepare, are packed with nutrients, and are a perfect-sized snack for those times you just need a little bite between meals.

Dried figs, pitted dates, cashews, chia seeds, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt is all we need to make them happen!

Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon or even chocolate chips or cacao nibs if you’d like!

Where do you find dried figs and pitted dates? Both can be found at most grocery stores, typically in the bulk food section or near the dried fruit and nuts. 

How to Make Fig and Date Energy Balls:

The recipe for these fig and date energy balls couldn’t be simpler: add all ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick dough forms.

You may need to stop the food processor a few times to scrape the sides in order to help it thoroughly process. 

Roll the dough into balls and enjoy!

Fig and Date balls made with raw cashews, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. A healthy vegan and paleo snack


I like refrigerating the dough before rolling it into balls so that it is less sticky, but you can absolutely jump into ball formation as soon as you’re finished processing in the food processor.

How do I store energy balls?

I always store my fat balls or energy balls in a zip lock bag in either the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe Adaptations:

We have options for changing up the energy balls to your personal taste.

Use any of your favorite nuts in place of cashews in this recipe, or mix and match any nut combination. I love using walnuts or almonds for balls! If you love oats, you can even replace the nuts with 2 cups of rolled oats.

You can also play with the seed situation, incorporating pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, or sunflower seeds.

And with that, go get ’em!

These are baller!

Fig and Date balls made with raw cashews, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. A healthy vegan and paleo snack

Fig and Date Energy Balls

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Energy balls made with cashews, figs, and dates for a delicious snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 24 balls



  • Add all ingredients for the fig and date balls to a food processor. Process until a sticky dough forms. If needed, stop the food processor to scrape the sides to help it thoroughly process the mixture.
  • If the mixture is very sticky, refrigerate it for 2 hours before rolling the dough into balls. If you don't mind getting your hands sticky, you can roll the balls right away!
  • Roll dough into desired-sized balls, and enjoy!
  • Balls should be stored in a sealable bag or container in the refrigerator or freezer.


Serving: 1of 24 · Calories: 122kcal · Carbohydrates: 12g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 8g · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 7g
Author: Julia
Course: Side Dishes & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cashews, dairy free, energy bites, fig and date energy balls, gluten free, grain free, healthy snack recipe, healthy snack recipes, paleo, protein balls, snack, snack ideas, snacks, vegan
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Fig, Date, and Cashew Energy Balls that taste just like a fig newton! Vegan, paleo, grain-free healthy snack recipe

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. These sound great, I love Fig Newtons, but these are healthier! I will have to find something to replace the 1 cup of coconut, I do not like, any suggestions, please?

  2. I have dried figs on hand that I wasn’t sure what to do with….now I know! Loved fig newtons growing up and haven’t had them in forever…can’t wait to try!

    1. Hi Ali, They keep for about 10 days in the refrigerator, but if you would like to keep them longer, you can freeze them (that’s what I do!). Enjoy!

  3. My husband is allergic to cashews – ya awful – Can I substitute any other nut? Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.

    1. Hi Jade! It’s 122 for one ball, assuming you make 24 balls. I just added the nutrition facts to the recipe card. Let me know if you have any more questions!! xoxoxo