FigLove: Fig & Pecan No Bake Bites

Fig & Pecan No Bake Bites | TeaspoonofSpice.com

I was thrilled when figs where ultimately selected by our new food Love Bloghop leader, TR Crumbley as October’s theme. I’m probably not alone in that it took until my adult years to appreciate the fig, outside of a cookie (though even as a kid, I’d always pick chocolate chip over a fig newtown.) And lately I’ve been enjoying fresh figs more frequently – I was the very fortunate recipient of fresh figs a couple times this summer as I wrote about here (along with a recipe for Figgy Bacon, Ricotta & Thyme Pizza.)

Figs are a food-loving dietitian’s dream – chock-full of nutrients (fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus) AND delicious all on their own. Dried figs are more concentrated so they are higher in nutrients but also calories.

Fig & Pecan No Bake Bites | TeaspoonofSpice.com

Though I adore fresh figs, their prime season (June- September) is just ending plus I knew dried figs would work best for this recipe. It seems like raw, no-bake and protein balls are all the rage nowadays – which are basically snacked sized bites loaded with nutrient-rich foods like flax, oats, nuts and dried fruit. I thought I’d do my version of the no-bake bite (call me juvenile but I just continuously giggle if they are referred to as balls.) Dried figs and honey provided the sweetness while pecans give the crunch and salty flavor. Other “power” ingredients include oats, ground flax and coconut flour. You could really swap in any dried fruit, flour or nut you’d like – endless possibilities here.

Fig & Pecan No Bake Bites

Makes 16 balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup diced dried figs (about 8 )
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons coconut flour (or almond flour)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together figs, pecans, oats, flaxseed and honey.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut flour or almond flour.
  3. Mix together with your hands - if dough seems too sticky, add an additional tablespoon of flour.
  4. Cover and refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. To assemble each bite, scoop 1 tablespoon of batter and roll into a ball.
  6. If desired, roll balls in unsweetened shredded coconut.
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Fig & Pecan No Bake Bites | TeaspoonofSpice.com

Do you like figs? What is your favorite way to eat them?

If you have a fig recipe, come join in the #figlove fun by linking up any fig recipe from the month of October 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers can view all the #figlove recipes! The twitter hashtag is #figlove.

Your hosts for #figlove:

Angela @ Spinach Tiger | @spinachtiger
Valerie @ Bon a Croquer | @Valouth
Deanna @ Teaspoon of Spice | @tspbasil
Shulie @ Food Wanderings | @foodwanderings
Evelyne @ Cheap Ethic Eatz |  @cethniceatz
Sheila @ Pippi’s In the Kitchen Again | @shlylais
T.R. @ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies | @TRCrumbley
EA @ The Spicy RD | @thespicyrd
Becky @ Baking and Cooking: The Tale of Two Loves
Susan @ Wimpy Vegetarian | @wimpyvegetarian

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Comments

  1. Love these no bake power balls. Love oats and it completely makes sense to use dry figs here. Thanks as well for the list of co-hosts, I just copied yours! Nice co-hosting with you.

  2. angelamroberts says:

    Great little snack. Flavor, fiber and nice to look at too.

  3. I like that you added dried figs to your protein balls. These are so healthy. I still have dried figs in my pantry, so I will use them in this recipe. Sending lots of #figlove your way.

  4. Delicious bites! when I was little I used to eat figs filled with nut pieces, yum…!

    Sending you some #figlove :-)

  5. What a great way to snack! I love figs and other dried fruit too – I’m going to have to make these little balls of goodness :-). Sending you lots of #figlove this month.

  6. Oh, yum!!! These fig balls (giggle, giggle :-) look delicious! Pinning to my healthy snacks board now, and sending you lots of #figlove all month long!

  7. Good looking and sounds delicious!

  8. These look so easy to make, and sound super healthy! I’ll have to try it with gluten free oats!

  9. This looks lovely! I am always looking for good snacks!!

  10. I would enjoy these figs balls so much more then a protein bar. So excellent with figs, and no bake! Bookmarking this one to make soon. Happy #figlove

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