5 Ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Bites {Gluten Free, Vegan & Paleo}

A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, your entire family will love these energy-packed snack bites that are naturally gluten free, vegan and paleo-friendly.
5 Ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Bites - The Lemon BowlWe were never a big dessert family growing up. Perhaps it explains my lack of sweet tooth as an adult but the only “dessert” we regularly had on hand were dried apricots, dates, fresh apples or raisins. We were more likely to end the evening with Sleepy Time Tea than a piece of pie.

One item that would appear in the pantry from time to time was fig newtons. (PS: Did you know they aren’t called fig newtons anymore? They are now called Newton Cookies – fig flavor. Who knew?)

As much as I adore those little cookies (fruit and cake!) and the childhood memories they bring back, the minute I see the 25 ingredients (!!!) listed on the back of the box, I am quickly reminded that there are certain aspects of my childhood I don’t wish to repeat.

No Bake Fig Newton Bites - The Lemon BowlThe good news is that my no-bake version doesn’t require you to turn on the oven and is jam-packed with sweet fig flavor. My sugar-loving husband and toddler made a bee line to these beauties and couldn’t stop eating them which is always a good sign.

As an added bonus, each bite is full of heart-healthy omega 3 fats from the walnuts and flax seed plus a good dose of protein to keep blood sugars stabilized. Figs are also an excellent source of fiber, potassium and B vitamins.

What is your favorite childhood cookie? I’d love to hear from you.

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5 Ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Bites {Gluten Free, Vegan & Paleo}
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A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, your entire family will love these energy-packed snack bites that are naturally gluten free, vegan and paleo-friendly.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
  • 3 cups dried figs - hard stems removed
  • 1 cup walnuts halves
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a large food processor and pulse until finely chopped, almost the consistency of sand. This may take 4-5 minutes. Remove blade and put aside.
  2. Scoop mixture out one at a time using a small ice cream scoop. Form mixture into balls by rolling in between your hands.
  3. Enjoy room temperature or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.
Don't be afraid to press the mixture tightly together with your hands when forming balls. As the heat of your hand warms up the mixture, the natural oils in the walnuts will release helping to bind the balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 balls Calories: 172 Fat: 7.8 g Saturated fat: .8 g Unsaturated fat: 7 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 25.9 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 101 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 3.4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Michelle says

    Man, I loved fig newtons too. Is there any nut-free alternative you can think of? I’ve been trying to think of something to use as a substitute but can’t think of anything. Maybe dried oats? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • says

      I’ve never experimented with a nut free variation, I’m afraid. The oils in the walnuts help bind the balls similar to peanut butter in other energy ball recipes. If you come up with something will you let me know??

    • Michelle T says

      I just made these with dry roasted sunflower seeds and they were perfect. I don’t much care for the taste of raw, but I bet they’d work too. If not, a little honey to bind.

  2. Penny says

    I have a fig tree and have dried figs in a food dehydrator. Would those work or not? Seems like all you would have is a powder with no binding agent.

  3. says

    Ohh! These sound really good! I used to love fig newtons, but I haven’t had one in ages. I love that these are already gluten free and a good grab and go snack. Trying soon!

  4. says

    Fig newtons were actually my least favorite cookie growing up…but I think that’s because I had a sweet tooth the size of Texas. As an adult I ADORE dried fruit and these little no-bake bites sound super! Perfect for getting a burst of midday energy.

  5. Alice says

    These sound good! My favorite cookies were called Golden Fruit. Garabaldis in England. I can’t find them any more!

  6. Glen says

    Get our facts right; you made typical condescending reporter’s misrepresentation when trying to make the name of Fig Newtons sound more politically correct when you said: “(PS: Did you know they aren’t called fig newtons anymore? They are now called Newton Cookies – fig flavor. Who knew?)” No they are not called that, at least not by th manufacturer on their boxes. They are indeed called Fig Newtons and a check with Nabisco will confirm such as would a trip to a supermarket or grocery store.

  7. Penny says

    I have a fig tree and dehydrated figs last year. Is this what you mean by dried figs? I can’t imagine if so that these ingredients would stick together at all it would be almost totally dry with no binding agent.


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