Fig-Fennel-Pistachio Energy Bites

by Mary on June 30, 2016

fig fennel pistachio energy bites

fig fennel pistachio energy bites

I know I’ve done well when one of my sons exclaims “Wow! This is really good!” I too thought these energy bites turned out really well. They have several sweet flavors that combine really well: figs, fennel, and honey, plus crunchy bits of almonds and pistachios.

I was inspired by Theo Chocolates which has several recipes with figs and fennel and also by Indian mukhwas: the fennel or anise seed mixture with candies and other things that often ends an Indian meal.

I haven’t skated the last couple days because of a back episode brought on, ironically, by doing a PT exercise. I went in for one very last PT session, stretched my sore back a little, and refined the exercise that had hurt me. Being in pain was an odd note on which to end PT. But in the big picture I’ve made a lot of progress.

With my extra time from not exercising I got a little carried away and made three things to bring in for the PT office for a little goodbye present: pecan sandies, chocolate almond trail mix bars, and these.

With the natural sweetness of figs, these bites would still be plenty sweet without honey. I may try them that way sometime but for now I’m liking these.

Fig-Fennel-Pistachio Energy Bites
  • 3 oz. dried Calimyrna figs
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. vanilla powder (or ¼ tsp. extract)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds
  1. Using a food processor, process the figs into a paste.
  2. Remove the processed ball of fig paste from the food processor.
  3. Add the almond butter, honey, vanilla powder or extract, and cocoa powder, process until fully blended.
  4. Add back in the fig paste and process until fully blended.
  5. Remove mixture from food processor.
  6. Add almonds and pistachios, pulse until chopped.
  7. Combine chopped nuts with the almond butter mixture (I used a standing mixer with the paddle attachment).
  8. Refrigerate the combined mixture.
  9. Roll mixture into small balls by hand.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo July 4, 2016 at 4:41 am

Mary, I hope your back is all better. With all the skating changes, it’s probably good to take it easy for a while. These look delicious–perfect for summer! I do love figs!
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Mary July 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Thanks, Jo. This one’s going to take a while, I’m still off skating. I hope you try the bites!


Wendy July 9, 2016 at 2:20 am

I sure hope your back feels better. Isn’t it interesting how the activity that is supposed to help you actually hurt you?


Mary July 9, 2016 at 5:18 am

Yeah tell me about it! And not the only time that’s happened either. I’ve got to get better at listening to my body and knowing what’s right for me.


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