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.
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!
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.
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 Energy Balls
Energy balls made with cashews, figs, and dates for a delicious snack
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup dried figs
- 2 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 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.
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1 of 24
Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 3g
Friday 2nd of July 2021
Just wondering how many calories are in these?
Tuesday 6th of July 2021
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
Monday 4th of June 2018
My husband is allergic to cashews - ya awful - Can I substitute any other nut? Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.
Tuesday 5th of June 2018
Hi Gloria! Absolutely! You can swap the cashews for almonds, walnuts, or pecans :D xx
Sunday 13th of May 2018
How long will these keep in the fridge?
Monday 14th of May 2018
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!
Wednesday 2nd of May 2018
A very wonderful recipe, must try this in my kitchen, thanks for sharing.
Thursday 3rd of May 2018
You got it, Pauline!
Friday 27th of April 2018
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!