This recipe is a somewhat bastardised version of my Raw Breakfast Bars but as everyone seems to be rushing past me on the way out to festivals/swim parties/cricket I tought I’d make another version of “grab and go” high protein, high fibre snack.
I used cashew butter here but of course you can use whatever peanut/seeded/nut butters you have to hand. I try and use local honey when I can as it builds immunity towards hayfever and the carbon footprint is lower than shop bought. The same goes for the figs – feel free to swap for dried apricots, prunes, etc..
No cook, so very quick and convenient to make, these refined sugar free bites are packed with nutrients and pleasingly sweet flavours for even the fussiest of kids or teens.
Fig & Honey Fitness Balls – Makes 16/20
3/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup local honey
1 cup (approx. 100g) soft dried figs, blended to a paste
1 cup organic Scottish oats
1 cup mixed seeds
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 x good pinch sea salt flakes
1/4 cup almond flour
2/3 tbsp oat/almond milk
75g high cocoa content chocolate, melted (optional)
Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil or greaseproof paper.
In a large saucepan, gently melt together the nut butter and the honey until liquid. Then add all the other ingredients, mixing well with a wooden spoon until combined and forming a soft dough -like consistancy.
Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture at a time and roll in your hands to form a ball.
Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave for a minute or so. Leave to cool for a minute and then dip each ball half way into the melted chocolate and place on the waiting baking sheet.
Throw into the fridge to set for an hour or more. When complete, store in an airtight container for throwing at passing sportmen as they come in the door flagging or on the poolside to extend some activity. Or, with a coffee during the day for a pick me up post Pilates.
Have a great weekend!