You can make these healthy fig balls with only 3 ingredients and give them to your kids without any hesitation!

Healthy Fig and Walnut Balls

Can one picture be inspiring?

Yes,  indeed.

When I made my Flourless Hazelnut Cocoa Cookies, I took a picture to show you the consistency of the dough which looked like a paste.   At that time it reminded me of a combination of figs and nuts and I wondered if I could make healthy cookies or truffles by using figs.

walnuts and figs

While I was talking with my mother, I asked her what would go well with figs; hazelnuts or walnuts.  She told me about an old trip we had made, and that we had eaten a dessert or something like that with dried figs and walnuts together which we all loved.  I couldn’t remember that time but I had the answer.  So I bought some dried figs and walnuts.   My idea was to mix and cover them with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

I made healthy truffles with little ingredients.  It ended up very good.  Everyone who has tasted, loved them.  My next step was to find out if they were suitable for kids’ tastebuds.   So, I took them to my niece to get her opinion.  These truffles passed the test, she loved them.  You can give these healthy fig and walnut truffles to your kids without any hesitation.

In 10 minutes your truffles are ready.

You should start by removing the stems of the dried figs first.

Steps of making walnut and fig balls: Removing the stems of the figs

Then put the figs into the food processor.  I used my small food processor but first I coarsely chopped the figs with a knife so the machine worked easily.   You may not need to chop them.  Always listen what your machine says.  It may tell you to use some water so it can work properly.  I used 2 teaspoons of water when the machine had hard time while chopping.  The magic happened and in seconds,  the figs were nicely chopped.  If your figs are too dry you may need to use more water.

Steps of making walnut and fig balls: Chopping the figs

Next, remove the chopped figs from the machine and put them into a bowl.   Later, put the walnuts into the machine and ground them.

Steps of Making Healthy Fig and Walnut Balls: Grounding walnuts in a food processor

Then take the walnuts from the processor, add them to the figs and mix them together with a spatula until they form a paste.

Steps of Making Healthy Fig and Walnut Balls: Mixing walnuts and figs until the mixture forms a paste
After your paste is ready, roll the paste into 15 gram balls (almost tablespoon size)  with your hands. Alternatively, you can divide the dough equally into 15 pieces and roll each into a ball as this recipe makes 15 truffles.  It doesn’t stick to your hands so you won’t have hard time while making the balls.

Steps of Making Healthy Fig and Walnut Balls: Rolling the paste into balls

When the balls are ready, melt the chopped chocolate over a bain marie.  (You can check my lemon curd post to learn how to make bain marie.)Place the chocolate into a heat proof bowl that sits over a pan of simmering water.  Be sure the simmering water doesn’t touch the bowl that is full of chocolate.  Stir the chocolate often until melted.

You can also melt the chocolate in the oven at 120°F (50°C).  Place the chopped chocolate into an ovenproof dish.  When the chocolate starts melting, stir the chocolate.   You should check the oven regularly and stir as needed.  It will take longer than bain marie method.

I don’t write about microwave method as I am not sure if microwave is dangerous for health or not.

Using a fork or a dipping tool,  dip the balls one by one into the melted chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip off by gently tapping the fork or dipping tool on the side of the bowl.  Then place each ball on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and keep in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, about 20 minutes.

Steps of Making Healthy Fig and Walnut Balls: Dipping the balls into melted chocolate

Enjoy your healthy fig balls!

3 Ingredient Healthy Fig and Walnut Truffles

You can make these healthy and tasty fig balls with only 3 ingredients!

Course Healthy Snacks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 balls
Calories 121 kcal
Author www.pastryandbeyond.com

Ingredients

  • 140 g (1 cup) dried figs
  • 120 g (1 cup) walnuts
  • 150 g (5 oz) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems of the dried pigs.  Place the dried figs into a food processor and process until they all chopped well. If the machine has hard time while chopping, first chop the figs coarsely with a sharp knife, then place them into the processor. If the figs are dry add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of water into the processor. Take the processed figs into a bowl.

  2. Place the walnuts into the food processor and ground them.

  3. Put the walnuts into the bowl that has figs inside and using your spatula or spoon mix them well until they form a paste.
  4. Roll the paste into 15 gram balls(about tablespoon size) and set them aside. Alternatively, you can divide the dough equally into 15 pieces and roll each into a ball as this recipe makes 15 truffles.
  5. Start melting the chocolate over a bain marie:place the chopped chocolate into a heat proof bowl that sits over a pan of simmering water. Stir often. Remove the bowl from the heat when melted.
  6. Using a fork or a dipping tool, dip the balls one by one into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off by gently tapping the fork or dipping tool on the side of the bowl. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  7. Keep them in the fridge until the chocolate sets, about 20 minutes.

The nutrition information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.

3 Ingredient Healthy Fig and Walnut Truffles

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