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Homemade No Bake Fig Newton Cookie Bites

    A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, your entire family will love these no-bake fig newton bites that are naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. The perfect on the go snack for an energy boost!

    no bake fig newtons

    We were never a big dessert family growing up. Perhaps this explains my lack of sweet tooth as an adult! We usually had dried apricots, dates, fresh apples or raisins as “dessert”. We were more likely to end the evening with Sleepy Time Tea than a piece of pie.

    Liz Making Fig Newton Bites

    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 Newtons – fig flavor. Who knew?)

    No Bag Homemade Fig Newton Bites Recipe

    As much as I adore those little cookies and my childhood memories, when I see the 25 ingredients (!!!) listed on the back of the package, I remember there are certain aspects of my childhood that I don’t wish to repeat.

    fig newtons in a bowl

    The 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 kids made a beeline to these beauties and couldn’t stop eating them which is always a good sign.

    Healthy No Bake Fig Newton Bites Recipe

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

    Homemade No Bake Fig Newton Bites Recipe

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

    Frequently asked questions:

    Is there a nut free option to these?

    Unfortunately I don’t. The oils in the walnuts help bind the balls similar to peanut butter in other energy ball recipes. If you have a suggestion I’m all ears :)

    How long can these last for?

    These fig newtons can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Where do you buy dry figs?

    Grocery stores sell them. I’ve also purchased them from Costco.

    No forks required.

    no bake fig newtons

    No Bake Fig Newton Cookie Bites

    4.37 stars average
    A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, these no bake fig newtons energy bites that are naturally gluten free, vegan and paleo-friendly.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 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


    • 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.
    • Scoop mixture out one at a time using a small ice cream scoop. Form mixture into balls by rolling in between your hands.
    • 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.


    Serving: 2ballsCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 25.9gProtein: 3.4gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 101mgFiber: 5gSugar: 18g
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      1. Considering that fresh figs would probably have more moisture, if needed, I might add some kind of compatible powder, such as coconut powder, MCT powder, almond powder, or butter powder, or even collagen powder, perhaps one tablespoon at a time until it feels right and will make a ball. I would like that it wouldn’t be as sweet as with dried figs.

      1. My daughter has a nut-allergy’s & seeds are a great replacement…i plan to try your recipe with pumpkin seeds when she wakes up! Yum. Sunflower seeds would work.

    1. I’m totally making these first thing in the morning! I bought dried figs for Christmas cookies and never made them. Anyway. A suggestion for omitting the walnuts. What about sunflower seeds? They make sunflower seed butter as a replacement for peanut butter. And it’s yummy! Maybe even just use a couple tablespoons of the Sunbutter?

    2. I found a recipe that makes me look forward to eating figs. I can’t say I really ever liked them that much before. However, I found this recipe after buying a large quantity of them at Costco’s. I wondered what to do with all of them. Now I know. I made a small batch to test this recipe. Now it’s safe to make a larger one. Thank you!

    3. Just made the fig balls this morning. I let them blend in the food processor full speed once I pulsed it a few times. They were yummy. I was looking for a way to enjoy figs. I wanted their health benefits, but wasn’t too keen on just eating a fig. This recipe will help me eat my big bag of figs quickly! And I needed to eat more omega 3 fatty acids. The walnuts and flaxseed fill that need too. Thanks for a great recipe!

    4. Oh my gosh, so……delicious. I was looking for something to do with the dried figs other than eating them out of the bag. I found your recipe and had everything I needed. Not quite enough figs, so I added dried dates. Definitely will have this to satisfy my sweet tooth. Will be trying some of your other recipes too. Thanks!

    5. I followed the directions using fresh figs and oats. I’ve now tripled the oats and there’s no way these will roll up. They’re way to wet. Mush.

    6. No fig newtons. That’s it, next you
      Will tell me the tooth ferrie is gone
      I’ve lived too long. I tried your cookies
      And they are good. I did soak some of them in a dry sherry. Now I’m hooked

    7. could I use fresh figs? Our tree is overloaded and these sound incredible! I don’t have a dehydrator to dehydrate them first

      1. Penny,
        If the birds don’t get to them first leave your ripe figs on the tree for a couple of extra days and they dry on the vine. When Im at fig capacity that’s what I do then later pick dried figs ready for snacking or storage.

    8. I am trying to make these now and it seems like a whole lot of figs. 3 cups?!?! Anyway, I have been pulsing my food processor and mixing in a bowl all of the ingredients and it seems to be all fig. Am I doing something wrong?

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