One of the most fun ways to make snacks healthier is by making energy balls. They’re the best snack for back to school, work, road trips, and anything in between!
This fig energy ball is sweet, packed with protein, fiber, and calcium, and most importantly, so filling. With a healthy oat flour base, walnuts, almonds, and rolled in coconut flakes, these energy bliss balls make for a delicious afternoon snack.
Whenever I need to up my snack game, vegan energy balls are usually my go-to way to keep things fresh. Especially when made in a big batch that you can enjoy all week long.
Pair them with tea or coffee for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up. I promise you’ll love it!
Yield: 12 balls
Prep time: 5 min
Assembling time: 10 min
Total time: 15 min
1 cup old fashioned oat flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup dried figs
¼ cup almond slices
¼ cup walnuts
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1. Grind one cup of old fashioned oats in a blender to make oat flour.
2. To a bowl, add the ground flaxseeds and 3 tbsp of water. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the mixture to gel.
3. In the meantime, chop the dried figs, walnuts, and almonds into small pieces.
4. To the mixture, add the vanilla essence, cinnamon, oat flour, dried figs, walnuts, almonds, honey (or any other liquid sweetener), and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
5. Optional: Cover the mixture and let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes for easier assembly.
6. Form the mixture into small or medium balls and that’s it! Enjoy them immediately or store for later.
7. Optional: Roll them in coconut flakes.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- You can roll them in coconut flakes or hemp seeds for extra texture and nutritional value!
- To save on cost, buy nuts and seeds in the bulk area of your grocery store.
$6.00. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. Does not include seasoning.
*Oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. They’re rich in carbs and fiber and higher in protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria.
*Flax seeds are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Plant-based ALA fatty acids are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke. They also contain a group of nutrients called lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties.
Flaxseeds may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer. With so much fiber packed in each tiny seed, adding flax seeds to your diet promotes regular bowel movements and can improve your digestive health.
*Walnuts provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol. Walnuts are a good source of the plant form of omega-3 fat, which may help reduce heart disease risk. They contain nutrients that may help protect your brain from damaging inflammation and support good brain function as you age.
*Figs: One ounce of dried figs has 3 grams of fiber. Fiber may help alleviate constipation and keep you feeling full longer. It may also help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. Figs are also a good source of calcium, which can ward off osteoporosis as well as other health issues. You won't find a better plant source of calcium than figs.
If you’re hoping to add more antioxidants to your diet, you can’t go wrong with figs. According to a 2005 study, dried figs “have superior quality antioxidants.”
*Almonds are a popular tree nut high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein. They are also high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease.
Almonds are among the world's best sources of vitamin E. Several studies have linked higher vitamin E intake with lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
Did you try this healthy fig energy ball recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite