Fig and Cherry Energy Bites are a perfect snack or breakfast. Especially if you are on the go these little bite size snacks are great to stick in your purse or lunch bag. Plus you won't feel guilty for having this sweet treat because of all of the healthy benefits from these high fiber energy balls.
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I really have a weakness for sweets. I curb my cravings with a little treat like these Fig and Cherry Energy Bites or my White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Bars.
I started experimenting with different energy bite recipes a few years ago before going on a big hiking trip in Oregon. I wanted something that I could make ahead of time and that would store well in my back pack. I also needed something that was nutritious for a strenuous several day hike but that tasted really good too!
These energy bites were such a hit on the trail that I kept making them afterwards. I brought them into work to share with my coworkers. My friends at work were so crazy about them, I made 12 dozen and froze them to share at Christmas time! I knew working long retail hours we would need a little extra energy to keep us going and my energy bites kept us fueled all December!
Are Energy bites good for you?
I feel good about all of the ingredients that are in these energy bites. Everything added is all natural. There’s a little healthy fat from the almonds and almond butter. I know a lot of people look for energy bites without peanut butter so these can work for school lunches that have a peanut free school. Also the figs and oats are a great source of fiber!
How do you make energy bites?
Energy bites are easy to make as long as you don’t mind to get your hands a little sticky!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Old-Fashioned Oats
- Almond Butter
- Dried Figs
- Dried Cherries
First chop the almonds, dried figs and cherries into a small pieces. The dried figs will probably have a small stem end that you’ll need to remove as well. Everything will stick together better and hold better if it’s chopped very small.
If your almond butter isn’t runny add it to a cup with the honey and microwave for 20 seconds to just soften it up enough so it will stir and mix well with the other ingredients. Add all of your ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well to mix in everything to make sure you get bites of fig, almond and cherry in every bite. Form the mixture into small balls about the size of a ping pong ball.
How long will energy bites last?
When I started experimenting with different energy bite recipes it was to have a recipe that would not need refrigeration and no ingredients that would spoil quickly such as egg or milk. I feel that these are best left on the counter for about 5-7 days. They may last longer than that if you do put them in the refrigerator, however we never have a problem with them lasting long in my house!
Can you freeze energy bites?
I love making a double or triple batch of these and freezing them for those moments when I know I won't have the extra time to make more. With my husband and I both working a hectic retail job, having these little energy bites is a lifesaver. I love sharing these with my coworkers during the holidays. Although I know everyone loves a good Christmas cookie this is a healthy treat they all enjoy!
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Fig and Cherry Energy Bites
- 2 cups old fashion oats
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup figs, chopped
- ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped
- ¼ cup almonds, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- First chop figs, cherries and almonds. You will need to remove the small stem from the figs and chop into smaller pieces.
- Add all chopped nuts, dried fruit and old-fashion oats, to a bowl.
- In another small microwaveable bowl mix together honey, almond butter and cinnamon. Microwave for 20 seconds to get mixture very runny to stir in well with dry ingredients.
- Pour honey mixture over oats and use a spatula to mix together ingredients.
- Get your hands a little sticky and start forming small ping pong sized balls with your hands. *I’ve found damp hands work best.
- Once energy bites are formed (you will get 12-15 depending on size) store in air tight container on counter for 5-7 days. Or freeze them for up to 3 months.