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.
…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
- 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.