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Posted on Jun 14, 2014 in Snack | 0 comments

Spiced Fig Protein Balls

Chewy figs and crunchy pecans come together with zesty orange and nutmeg flavors in these protein balls that pack a punch. Never bought figs before? (No, fig newtons when you were a kid don’t count) Take a step out of the box and give this recipe a try, it won’t disappoint!

Spiced Fig Protein Balls

I recently made up a batch of these Spiced Fig Protein Balls to take on a family road trip as they make a great snack when you are looking for something a little sweet but also nutrient dense enough to tie you over to the next meal. Even more convenient, you can make up a big batch and put them in the freezer for later. Convenience, such a wonderful thing!

The inspiration for these protein balls actually stems from a favorite chocolate bar flavor combination, dark chocolate, orange zest, and nutmeg. Anything that stems from a chocolate bar must be good, am I right!?

Spiced Fig Protein Balls - Ingredients

So why figs? We’re talking dried figs to be exact. Dried figs are ooey gooey delicious, naturally sweet as they come from the earth and I have yet to see them add sugar to dried figs. Side bar: Why do so many manufactures add unnecessary sugar to fruit when it is dried, fruit is already sweet so please don’t contaminate the deliciousness with unnecessary sugar. Anyways! There are endless health statements out there about the benefits of figs but in summary, they are high in fiber, low in sugar, and vitamin rich little pouches of goodness.

Spiced Fig Protein Balls - Mixture

Other ingredients that were incorporated with intention due to their nutritional density are chia seeds, oats, almond butter, and honey. The almond butter and honey help hold the protein balls together which is a double bonus.

Other than the figs and orange, all the ingredients are pantry staples (or perhaps should become pantry staples) and they come together in no time at all. Make a batch on Sunday, enjoy them all week. Feeling ambitious? Make a double batch and stick half in the freezer to enjoy later.

Spiced Fig Protein Balls

Ingredients

  • 20 dried figs, stems removed
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 c. old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
  • 1/2 c. diced pecans
  • 1/3 c. almond butter, softened in microwave
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 c. honey
  • 1 orange - zested
  • 1/2 orange - juiced
  • 1 heaping tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together figs and 1 tsp. of water until figs are in small pieces, but not pureed. If you don't have a food processor, dice the figs into small pieces with a knife and stir together with water.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients including diced figs. You may need to add more honey if mixture seems too dry. You can also add a touch more water (1 tsp. at a time, but not more than 3 tsp.) to soften the figs and make them more sticky so the mixture will pack together.
  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. Using a large spoon with your hands wet, press a spoon full of mixture onto the spoon and then roll into your hands to form a golf ball sized ball of mixture. You will want to do this next to the sink as keeping your hands wet will keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.

Notes

Store in a covered dish in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. These are also freezer friendly in a sealed container.

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