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.
- 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
- Using a food processor, process the figs into a paste.
- Remove the processed ball of fig paste from the food processor.
- Add the almond butter, honey, vanilla powder or extract, and cocoa powder, process until fully blended.
- Add back in the fig paste and process until fully blended.
- Remove mixture from food processor.
- Add almonds and pistachios, pulse until chopped.
- Combine chopped nuts with the almond butter mixture (I used a standing mixer with the paddle attachment).
- Refrigerate the combined mixture.
- Roll mixture into small balls by hand.