Spiced Fig Energy Bites

The best energy ball recipe hunt continues! These peppery confections blow fig newtons out of the water.
The best energy ball recipe hunt continues! These peppery confections blow fig newtons out of the water.

The best energy ball recipe hunt continues! These peppery confections blow fig newtons out of the water.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried flaked coconut
1/2 cup blanched almonds
4 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2-3/4 cup dried figs, de-stemmed
1/2-3/4 cup fresh almond butter
Hefty pinch cinnamon
Hefty pinch cardamom
Pinch sea salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
 (or 1 drop doTERRA black pepper oil)
1/4 cup coconut water
*Optional: 1/4 cup dark mini chocolate chips...This makes this recipes take like cookie dough yumness.
*NOTE: You can replace the almond cashew butter with any complimentary nut or seed butter. *NOTE: Omit the rolled oats to make this recipe paleo friendly

Method:

Place 1-2 drops black pepper oil in the coconut water and set aside.

Place all the ingredients (including the peppery coconut water) except for nut butter in a food processor with the “S” blade. Blend until grainy (entirely depends on what kind of consistency you prefer…you like crunchy, process less. You like them sans chunks, process longer.)

Add nut butter and process for another 15-30 seconds or until well-mixed.

Using a spoon and/or your hands, form into little balls and place into a glass tupperware container.

Allow to chill and set in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Black Pepper: Black Pepper essential oil is great for your digestive system. It stimulates salivary glands and secretion of digestive juices meanwhile neutralizing gas formation in the intestinal tract. Also a great cleansing agent! Black pepper oil also increases circulation, reducing inflammation, and provides relief for arthritis and other muscle and joint discomforts. Great for athletes! See here for more.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Figs: Figs are a good source of manganese, potassium, and dietary fiber. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin B6. Dried figs are an excellent sugar alternative and can be added to most recipes in place of other sweeteners. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Rolled Oats: Due to their high fiber content, oats are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Oats also help maintain cardiovascular health since they contain antioxidant compound called avenanthramides, which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol. Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal also contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which has been shown to help immune funtion and to stabilize blood sugar. Oats are also high in manganese, selenium, and phosphorous. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.