Sitting in my research lab, waiting an hour for gel electrophoresis to finish this GOSH DARN Western Blot. If you have no idea what I’m talking about consider yourself thankful. As cool as this cardiovascular physiology research is there’s so little active working time and SO MUCH WAITING. Okay, so if I took that philosophy and applied it to all my recipes, I’d be a happy camper…little active time coupled with some wait time to yield a beautiful product. I’m okay with that. But when you’re sitting in a lab and can’t EAT the result, that’s my issue (hehe). Anyways, luckily this recipe requires MINIMAL active time and MINIMAL waiting time. Easiness on a plate!
These snacks are called Fig Almond Energy Balls. They’re great to supplement a quick breakfast or for a sweet afternoon bite with coffee. I call them energy balls because they have lots of nutrients and natural sugars from the dried fruits, nuts, and seeds that give you a jolt of energy! The best part is you can make a bunch ahead of time and just store them in the fridge until ready to eat. Plus, they’re customizable and who doesn’t love customizable stuff forreal.
The best part of this recipe is the seeds of the fig and chia seeds that add a slight poppy crunch to the smooth dried fruit bite and the almonds that add a creamy, crispy nuttiness to the sweetness. Yooooo gimme.
I wrap them in plastic wrap when storing them in the refrigerator, so it’s easy to grab one and go. But you could totally store it in an airtight container in the fridge, as well.
Recipe (Makes 10 balls)
3 oz. almonds (about 24 almonds)
1- 1/3 cup of dried figs
1/2 cup of dried dates
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
In a food processor, pulse the 3 oz of almonds until each almonds seeds broken up at least into quarters. Place in a large bowl
In the same food processor add dried figs and dates and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Add to almonds
Then process the dried cranberries, chia seeds, and cinnamon just until the dried cranberries are slightly broken up
Place into large bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly combined
Roll into balls to make 10 even sized bites
Optional step: Roll each ball into hemp seeds to cover them (I did this once and they turned out nice! It also eliminated the slight stickiness of the balls)
To customize: switch out almonds for a different type of nuts (hazelnuts, pistachios, etc.) or switch out the cranberries for some other dried fruits (chopped up dried mango, apricots)
Now you’re done! Get yo energy balls to go.
Eat healthy, be healthy