You can make these healthy fig and walnut energy balls with only 3 ingredients. They are delicious, nutritious and easy to make!
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 with dried figs and walnuts 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 chocolate.
Those healthy balls 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 healthy balls passed the test, she loved them.
The Ingredients For Healthy Energy Balls
- Figs (dried figs preferably soft)
- Walnuts (I use toasted walnuts)
- Dark Chocolate (the fig-walnut mixture is sweet enough, so dark chocolate works well)
Sometimes I add cinnamon too. As these are no-bake treats, you can taste after you mix figs and walnuts, then add additional flavors if you like.
You can skip the chocolate and make energy balls with only figs and walnuts but chocolate also gives energy. 🙂
Let’s see the benefits of the ingredients:
Health Benefits of Dried Figs
- Full of minerals and vitamins
- Has fiber which keeps us full for a long time
- Has antioxidants which help to reduce cell damage
- The mineral calcium is a good source for bone health
You can read more of the benefits of dried figs by clicking the link.
Health Benefits of Walnuts
- Full of necessary vitamins, minerals, fats and fiber that supports healthy aging.
- Source of omega 3 fats that may help to reduce heart disease
- Some studies show that they help to control appetite
- Full of antioxidants that help to fight the oxidative damage in the body
You can read more of the benefits of walnuts by clicking the link.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Very nutritious, full of antioxidants, fiber and minerals
- May improve brain function
- May reduce the heart disease
- May positive effect on inflammation in the body.
You can read more of the benefits of dark chocolate by clicking the link.
I use toasted walnuts for its aroma. As usual, I toast them on the stove but if you like you can toast them in the oven too.
How to Toast Walnuts
Place the walnuts in a medium pan and toast on the stove over medium heat. Stir with a spoon to prevent them from burning. When their strong aroma fills in the kitchen, remove from the stove. This step takes almost 5 minutes. Place on a baking sheet or on a plate to cool. If you keep them in the pan it will continue to cook and may burn.
If you like you can toast the walnuts in the preheated oven at 350°F(177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the walnuts in a single layer. Toast until it gives the fragrance. It may take up to 10 minutes depending on the size of the walnuts(if they are chopped it will take shorter time). Check your oven after 4-5 minutes and give a stir with a spoon. When they give their aroma they’ll be ready.
How Long Do Fig Walnut Energy Balls Last?
You can keep these fig energy balls in an airtight container up to a week in the fridge, or up to a month in the freezer.
How to Make Fig and Walnut Balls
First, toast your walnuts using the oven or stove method mentioned above.
While the walnuts are cooling, remove the stems of the dried figs. Then cut them into pieces. This step will make the machine work easily. If your food processor is not too powerful, you can cut into small pieces.
While they are cooling you can also roughly chop your chocolate and set aside.
Once the walnuts are cool enough, place the walnuts into the food processor and ground them. As I already mentioned in my almond date posts, I use warm nuts if I am making nut butter as I did in my how to make healthy peanut butter post. Otherwise, I let them cool before processing.
Once they are processed, add in the chopped dried figs and mix until they form a paste. The mixture shouldn’t be dry.
At this stage, you can decide if the mixture needs water. In my case, first I added 1 teaspoon of water and then mixed again. Then I added 1 more and mixed to understand if it had the right consistency. You may go up to 1 tablespoon of water, depending on the figs. Sometimes I don’t use any water at all. Besides that, if you are using a machine that is not too powerful, a little bit of water helps it to process easily. But always add water slowly.
Once you reach the consistency below, you can start to make the balls.
Roll the paste into 15 gram balls with your hands. Alternatively, you can divide the dough equally into 15 pieces and roll each into a ball as this recipe makes 15 balls.
When the balls are ready, melt the chopped chocolate over a bain-marie. Place the chocolate into a heatproof 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.
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 that is covered with parchment paper. You can sprinkle chopped walnuts over top.
If you like, before sprinkling the walnuts you can dip a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle it over the chocolate covered balls. Then sprinkle walnuts over top. I think this little touch makes them look even more beautiful.
If you want more distinct drizzle, you can keep the chocolate covered balls in the fridge for 15-20 minutes or so until the chocolate sets and then drizzle the chocolate. This is how I did it in my hazelnut chocolate balls.
Enjoy your healthy and nutritious balls!
These fig and walnut energy balls are healthy and so easy to make. You’ll love these energy bites that are delicious, nutritious and no-bake!
- 140 g (1 cup) dried figs
- 120 g (1 cup) walnuts
- 150 g (5 oz) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped*
Place the walnuts in a medium pan and toast on the stove over medium heat. Stir with a spoon or swirl the pan to prevent them from burning. When they give off their strong aroma, take the walnuts from the stove. Spread them on a baking sheet and let them cool before grounding.
Remove the stems of the dried figs. Cut them into pieces, this step makes the machine works easily. If your food processor is not too powerful, you can cut into small pieces. Set aside.
Once the walnuts are cool,place them into the food processor and ground them.
Add in the chopped dried figs and mix until they form a paste. The mixture shouldn’t be dry so you can decide if the mixture needs water. If needed, start with 1 teaspoon of water, and then mix again. Then add more water if needed. (Even if your figs are not dry but your machine is not too powerful, a little bit water helps it to process easily.)
Roll the paste into 15 gram balls. Alternatively, you can divide the dough equally into 15 pieces and roll each into a ball as this recipe makes 15 balls. Place them on a baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper.
Melt 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.
Melt chocolate in the oven: You can melt the chocolate in the oven at 210°F (100°C). Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl. You should check the oven often and stir when it starts to melt. If there are some pieces not melted, continue melting in the oven and stir again.
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. You can sprinkle chopped walnuts over top.
If you like, before sprinkling the walnuts you can dip a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle it over the chocolate covered balls. Then you can sprinkle walnuts over top.
*70 grams of chocolate is enough to cover the balls. More chocolate makes it easier to dip the balls into melted chocolate.
If you like, you can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture.
The calorie information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.