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5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton 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!

    Holding 5-ingredient no bake fig newton bites.

    We were never a big dessert family growing up. Perhaps this explains my lack of a sweet tooth as an adult! One item that would appear in the pantry from time to time was fig newtons, which upon further inspection, have over 25 ingredients! All the more reason to switch to my 5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton Bites. This delicious and healthy snack doesn’t require you to turn on the oven and is jam-packed with sweet fig flavor.

    Ingredients

    • Dried figs: Naturally sweet and chewy, and guilt free as they are chalk full of fiber, calcium, iron, and other vitamins.
    • Walnuts: High in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, which adds to the filling nature of these snacks, while remaining low in calories.
    • Flax seed meal: Flavorless, but full of additional nutrients like more omega 3s, fiber, and potassium.
    • Vanilla extract: Ties the flavors together with an additional touch of sweetness.
    • Salt: Balance in all things, a little salt is needed even in sweet dishes.

    How to Make 5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton Bites

    Cutting figs

    Start your fig newton bites by cutting up your dried figs and making sure you remove the hard stems.

    Adding figs to food processor

    Then add the dried figs to a food processor.

    Adding walnuts to food processor

    And add in the halved walnuts, then give it a couple pulses to start blending them together.

    Adding flax seed meal to food processor

    Once the figs and walntus have started to break down, add in the flax seed meal and salt.

    Adding vanilla to food processor

    Then finish with the vanilla extract.

    Mixing no bake fig newton bites

    Continue pulsing until ingredients are all mixed and the figs and walnuts are broken into small pieces.

    Forming gif newton bites

    Then using your hands or a small ice scream scoop or cookie dough scoop, roll the mixure into small balls.

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    Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate before serving. Then enjoy your 5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton Bites!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Is there a nut free option to these?

    Unfortunately not. 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 are fig newton bites good for?

    These fig newtons can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

    Should you soak dried figs before eating?

    You don’t need to! And actually, I recommend you don’t for this recipe. You can reconsitute figs by soaking though.

    5-Ingredient no bake fig newton bites.

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    Full of flavor as well as protein, these 5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton Bites will keep you energized and full all morning or afternoon long.

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    5-Ingredient No Bake Fig Newton Bites

    4.37 stars average
    A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, these no bake fig newtons energy bites are naturally gluten free, vegan, and paleo-friendly.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
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    Servings: 12

    Ingredients
     

    • 3 cups dried figs (hard stems removed)
    • 1 cup walnuts halves
    • ¼ cup flax seed meal
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon salt

    Instructions
     

    • 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.

    Notes

    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

    Serving: 2ballsCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 25.9gProtein: 3.4gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 101mgFiber: 5gSugar: 18g
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    Liz DellaCroce

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    102 Comments

      1. I’ve never tried, but you could! Fresh figs will have more moisture, so you might need to add more walnuts or flax seed meal to mainatin consistency.

    1. These look Delicious! I have some figs that are too hard. I soaked some of them and made yummy oil-free fig newtons. I am wondering if I soak my figs first to soften them if these fig balls might be too wet?

      For a Nut-Free option, consider trying hemp seed or pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead of the walnuts. What do you think?

      1. Yes, you definitely can. I would add about a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Anymore, and the mixture will probably be too dry.

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