My son was in California earlier this year and brought back a gift for me – fresh California walnuts! I’ve been savoring every single one. They are absolutely delicious. But then!
But then! Then! I made these Walnut Fig Bites! The rest of the walnuts went really fast!
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Introducing Walnut Fig Bites – a healthy treat that is gluten-free, sugar-free, plant-powered (vegan), a good source of calcium, fiber, and other important nutrients.
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So Simple! So Easy!
These Walnut Fig Bites are super easy to make. 4 ingredients. 10 minutes.
All you need are some walnuts, figs, dates, and coconut. And the coconut is optional. Add a little vanilla and maple if you’d like. Blend the ingredients in a food processor. Roll into cute little bites. And you have yourself a healthy, sugar-free treat.
Walnut Fig Bite Nutrition
These little Walnut Fig Bites pack a huge nutritional punch!
First, the walnuts. Research suggests walnut consumption may be associated with improved cognitive function – in other words, they’re good for your brain!
Walnuts are also the only nut with a significant source of essential omega-3 ALA.
And walnuts are high in fiber and very satisfying – which makes them a good addition to a healthy weight loss program.
Those luscious, chewy figs are also a great source of fiber. And they’re a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.
And those naturally sweet dates. I love using dates as a sweetener instead of sugar, because they are a whole, unrefined source of sweetness that also is loaded with fiber and other nutrients, including vitamin K and manganese.
The Perfect Match
Fig + walnut: I don’t think there could be a more perfect match.
No-Bake Walnut Fig Bites
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts - optional for coating Walnut Fig Bites (see step #3 below)
- 3/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened, shredded coconut - optional
- 1/2 cup dried Turkish figs - about 7 to 9 figs (remove stems if present)
- 1/2 cup soft, whole, pitted dates
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavor
- If you want to roll your Walnut Fig Bites in chopped walnuts, place 1/2 cup walnuts in food processor and process until walnuts are very finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Roll into (approximately 1-inch) balls. Roll in chopped walnuts if desired.
- Chill (or freeze) and enjoy!
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