Fig and Date Energy Balls

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.

Traditionally, I’m not much of a snacker, but I’m wild about balls…they’re a part of my daily life. I love that they 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 someone like me who prefers keeping food intake meal-centric instead of grazing.

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. 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

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.


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

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cashews, paleo, snack, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 balls
Author: Julia

Energy balls made with cashews, figs, and dates for a delicious snack




  1. Add all ingredients for the fig and date balls to a food processor. Process until a sticky dough forms. Roll dough into desired-sized balls, and enjoy!

  2. Balls should be stored in a sealable bag or container in the refrigerator or freezer.


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  1. BJ Stark

    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?

    1. Julia Post author

      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!

  2. Gloria

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


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