Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

Healthy Dessert: Fudgy Fig Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious–they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts.

Fudgy Figgy Balls

Prep (no cook) = 15 minutes
Makes about 16 balls
1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one)
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter
1/2 cup oats
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp. raisins
1 – 2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs (optional)
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the cocoa nibs and the sesame seeds until the mixture is sticky and well blended.  Pulse in the cocoa nibs (they provide a nice chocolaty crunch), if desired.  Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter. Put the sesame seeds in a small bowl and shake and roll the balls around in the seeds to coat them, if desired.  Refrigerate them tightly covered for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information per Serving (% based upon Daily Values):
Calories 121, Total Fat 7g, 11%, Saturated Fat 2g, 10%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 40mg, 1.5%, Carbohydrate 13g, 4.5%, Dietary Fiber 3.5g, 13%, Sugar 5.5g, Protein 2.5g


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