Monday, October 24, 2016

Chocolate Orange Fig Bites

I have a new, no bake energy bites recipe to share that's perfect for creating a healthy snack this week with no added sugar: Chocolate Orange Fig Bites.

The fall colors are really coming in this week in my neighborhood and I can't stop snapping photos! A few of my favorites from a walk this weekend:

Another thing I can't stop is snacking on these Chocolate Orange Fig Bites. I may have snacked on three at various times yesterday for a quick bite between meals. These bites are super easy to make in a food processor and contain only a few ingredients.

The special ingredient is one that you don't usually find in energy bites: dried figs. I love dried figs, especially since we can buy them easily at a variety of local stores in our Chicago neighborhood. It was only recently that I realized how healthy figs are - they contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, E, and K. {source} I like using dried figs since they are available year-round and have a delicious flavor and chewy texture.

I combined my dried figs with Medjool dates, unsweetened cocoa powder, raw almonds, and orange extract for this snack recipe. This recipe is inspired by a similar chocolate orange post from last summer: No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies.

I think this new snack version with figs is even better.

Chocolate Orange Fig Bites
Yields: 12-13 bites

1 cup raw almonds
6 Medjool dates**
6 dried figs
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons orange extract

**If your dates aren't fresh, soak for a few hours or overnight in milk or water. I soaked mine overnight in almond milk, and drained the dates before adding to my food processor.

How to~
*Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process the mixture a few times. Stop the processor and use a spatula to re-combine the mix if needed.
*Keep processing until the ingredients are evenly combined, using the "pulse" function.
*Remove from the food processor and use a medium cookie scoop and your hands to form the mix into balls.
*Bites will last chilled for one week, and a few months in the freezer.

Looking for more no-bake healthy snack ideas? Check out these recipes:

PB&J Energy Bites
Meyer Lemon Snack Bars
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Bites
Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites
Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
Lemon Coconut Pie Energy Bites
Chocolate Pumpkin Energy Bites
Peach Pie Energy Bites

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  1. I think I have almost all of these ingredients...I love snacks like these and I bet these are so flavorful!