If you live in a city graced by the presence of a Trader Joe’s, I envy you. I don’t allow myself to feel envious of much these days, but a TJ’s? Yeah, pretty jealous. When I lived in Brooklyn, I would stop at their 14th street location in Manhattan on my way home from work. It was right above the L-train, making it even more convenient than walking to a grocery store in my own Bushwick neighborhood. Here in Upstate New York, the closest Trader Joe’s is an hour away from us. Not bad, I know, but also not convenient. Last weekend, however, we were in Syracuse for some other errands and decided to make a trip to Trader Joe’s for our weekly grocery haul and so that I could stock up on all my TJ faves. Among the TJ brand goods were the two main components of this recipe: Dried Turkish Figs, and Organic Tahini. Trader Joe’s brand tahini is hands down my favorite. Its bold and nutty without being bitter. And the TJ dried figs? They put the beloved medjool dates to shame.
I hadn’t sought out to make this recipe at the time of purchase the figs. It didn’t even cross my mind to use them in energy bites, or any other places I’d typically use dates. I truly just bought them to snack on. But then we decided to have friends over last minute and I decided I wanted to make energy bites. Unfortunately but also fortunately we we’re out of medjool dates, sparking my decision to try making an energy bite with the figs. As I assembled the small handful of ingredients I wanted to use, I looked at the jar of peanut butter and pondered if the two would make a good combo. My eyes then scrolled to the left of the peanut butter and caught a glimpse of the tahini. YES. Fig + Tahini are both mediterranean staples and make a perfect pair. I’ve had a few different dishes in the past with the two together.
Aside from my food processor being on its last leg, this recipe went together incredibly seamlessly with a short list of ingredients, some of which, I’m sure, are household staples for most of you. If you love snacks of the nutty and lightly sweetened persuasion, then you probably don’t want to pass this recipe by. Keep scrolling for the details of how to make these awesome portable snack bites.
Ingredients (makes 12 1.5 inch bites)
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 8 dried figs
- 1/4 cup tahini
- ~1.5 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- shredded coconut (optional)
- In a food processor, pulse the almonds and walnuts until coarsely chopped.
- Add the figs and continue pulsing until the figs begin to blend into the nut mixture.
- Add the tahini, coconut oil, and cinnamon and process until it begins to resemble a course paste. You may have to remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the processor a few times.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes (this is optional but makes it easier to form balls).
- Scoop out a spoonful of the mixture and form into spheres of desired size. I formed bites that were about 1.5 inches.
- Roll the balls into shredded coconut, if desired.
- Eat and serve immediately or store in the fridge for upto a week, or in the freezer for a month (remove from freezer to thaw for 10 minutes before eating).
Next time youre meal prepping or just want whip up a plate of healthy snacks, give these a try! When you do, make sure to tag me on instagram @mindingmysoul + let me know how much you loved them!
Until next time, friends!