FIG AND ALMOND ENERGY BITES
I made these easy Fig and Almond Energy Bites to combat unfortunate cheese and crackers incidents.
These incidents occur most frequently at 4:45 p.m, when it’s too early to be eating dinner, but my stomach is growling anyway. I tell myself that I need just a little something to tide me over until mealtime. Nothing so serious as a container of yogurt or protein bar—a few Ritz crackers should do the trick.
Flash forward 15-minutes, and I’m three quarters of the way through the first cracker sleeve, hungrier than when I started, and really I might as well bust out the cheese, because what are crackers without cheese?
Eventually, I am forced to cook, because my husband does not view “crackers” and “dinner” as synonymous—plus by this point, I’ve eaten all but one sad, broken cracker at the bottom of the box. By the time our real meal is ready, I’m no longer hungry. The crackers beat me again.
Fig and Almond Energy Bites are designed for the crucial moments when you need something to satisfy your appetite between meals and are a far better choice than a box of crackers or bag of chips. Healthy, perfectly portable, and filling, they make an easy on-the-go breakfast or snack. I even keep a few in a small container in my purse for long afternoons running errands. The Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through is far less tempting when I’m full and happy.
The ingredients for Fig and Almond Energy Bites are simple and wholesome. I used a blend of rolled oats, dried figs, dates, flaxseeds, and almond butter. The almond and fig are a wonderful flavor combination, the dates provide natural sweetness, and the flax, oats, and almond butter add fiber and protein. They are vegan and gluten free too!
Once the ingredients are gathered, making the bites requires only two steps: blend and roll. I used the mini-work bowl insert of my KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor. It’s the perfect size to blend the ingredients and easy to clean too.
Once the ingredients are combined, they will form a delightful, lightly tacky mass. Channel your inner kid, because it’s time to play with your food! Roll the energy bites into any size balls you like. I find that a one-inch diameter is the ideal size for a quick pre-workout snack, and when I need breakfast on the run, I’ll grab two or three.
Now, all that remains is to eat. These bites can last in your fridge for two weeks, but don’t be surprised when they vanish in two days.
Fig and Almond Energy BitesMakes 18 1-inch balls
15 dried Mission figs (6 ounces)
7 pitted Mejool dates (4 ounces)
1/4 cup natural almond butter
3/4 cup oats, either old fashioned or quick cooking (gluten free if necessary)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to loosely combine, then with a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend and pulse for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture begins to clump and sticks to the sides of the bowl, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
Portion the mixture into your hands, then roll the mixture into any sized balls you like. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.