Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

vanilla fig energy bites | almost getting it together

I’m actually snacking on one of these Vanilla Fig Energy Bites as I type out this post. I woke up way too early for a lazy Sunday due to complete panic over the lack of things I wanted to accomplish yesterday but didn’t because my long run completely wiped me and I ended up spending most of the afternoon laying in bed. Maybe we could also contribute my exhaustion to the fact that I flew across the country last week and basically only took an extended nap for sleep on Tuesday night.

Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. starved (the runger is real) and craving pancakes (same craving that I went to sleep with last night… and had lived with for the past week). I had some Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Pancake Mix that I had yet to use (I don’t f-with pancake mixes, typically), so I whipped them up with some strawberries and figs. This isn’t about pancakes though, this is about these vanilla fig bites and running.

vanilla fig energy bites | almost getting it together

Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

When I’m making energy bites (aka throwing a bunch of things in the food processor), I usually forget about protein powder. I’m doing this new thing where I’m trying to recover/fuel better from/for running and I know protein is an important part of that. Since I’ve started using the Vega Performance Protein in my smoothies, mixed in yogurt and in energy bites (like these ones!), I have noticed that I am definitely feeling better after workouts… today after a 14-miler yesterday I wasn’t sore at all (but stretching at yoga DID feel amazing… and I foam rolled… but still!).

I’ve been experimenting with a few protein powders because I’m trying to find one that a) keeps me full b) tastes good and c) is super clean (i.e. not full of junk, including fake sugars). The Vega Performance Protein definitely fills all three requirements. I needed a second opinion to be sure, so I gave some to Emily and she told me she liked it as well!

Also, I’m on a fig bender… so expect to see some more fig recipes. I hope you’re ready.

vanilla fig energy bites | almost getting it together

Fig life.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Vanilla Fig Energy Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 24
  1. Put figs, cashews and protein powder in food processor and process until it becomes flour-like.
  2. Add peanut butter and honey and continue processing until a ball forms.
  3. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  4. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 52 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.4 g Sugar: 5.1 g Sodium: 18 mg Fiber: 1.0 g Protein: 2.1 g

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*I was compensated to write about Vega’s #fuelyourbetter campaign but all opinions are my own.

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26 comments on “Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on August 4, 2014 9:40 am

I don’t f with pancake mixes either. You just get me.
#soulmates #bitesfolyfe
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Susie @ SuzLyfe on August 4, 2014 10:35 am

Figs might be one of my favorite, most nostalgic foods. We had a fig tree in our backyard growing up and I would go nuts on that thing. Until it and a maple tree decided to get in a fight, and we had to remove both of them. SAD FACE

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:45 pm

You had a fig tree? Where did you grow up? That is so cool!

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Christine@ Apple of My Eye on August 4, 2014 11:08 am

These look delicious! I’ve been eyeing figs at my grocery store every time I go, but they can be a bit pricey and I haven’t had a clue on what to do with them- thanks for the inspiration! The combo of vanilla+fig sounds amazing!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:37 pm

Dried figs are another cost-effective option :)

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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on August 4, 2014 11:10 am

I just tried a fig for the first time last week! Plus I’m always a huge fan of cashews so I can’t imagine these would be anything but delicious :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:43 pm

I can’t get enough of cashews lately, is that weird?

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Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) on August 4, 2014 11:21 am

I just was fooling around with no bake bite recipe like and was thinking “hey, vanilla whey protein would be a good addition!” Alas, I had none in the house. Now I need to buy some and make your version!

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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:44 pm

Yes, and let me know what you think!

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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on August 4, 2014 1:39 pm

Mmmm Vega protein powder is the bees knees! Also, totally laughing out loud at the “runger” comment… sooo unbelievably true. Also, I know that exhaustion feeling. I have been jet lagged from my Euro flight for the last 5 days and it’s getting reeeeal annoying to deal with. Hopefully we both sleep better this week!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:43 pm

I have been sleeping better this week… as in oversleeping every day. Whoops! I hope your jet lag is better :) Try melatonin!

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on August 4, 2014 1:57 pm

FIIIIIIIGS, I love figs. Miguel does not, though, so whenever I make bites he always asks if they have figs in them or not. laaaaaame.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:37 pm

What if you told him no and he tried one? Would he know?

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Amanda @ Positively Amanda on August 4, 2014 5:16 pm

Yum! I Love figs :)
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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama on August 4, 2014 7:51 pm

I love figs but haven’t bought them in awhile. The last batch I bought from Trader Joe’s turned moldy in less than a day. Gross! But this recipe looks insanely good!
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:43 pm

Try dried figs… they last longer! :)

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on August 4, 2014 8:06 pm

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Brittney on August 4, 2014 10:10 pm

These look so delicious!! And really easy to make! I will have to give it a try! :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:42 pm

I hope you like them!

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on August 4, 2014 10:11 pm

I use protein powder but these days I usually just drink it with water right after my workouts. I used to love putting them in protein balls tho so I might resurrect the habit!
I’ve never cooked with figs before so I’m betting this’ll be a fun recipe to experiment with. Thanks for sharing :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:38 pm

Oh wow… I never just drink it with water. I wish I could… it would probably be way more calorie effective lol.

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Jessie on August 5, 2014 2:14 am

I’ve never had a fig before (well do fig newtons count?), but either way I want to chow down on like 10 of these babies. They look so moist & delicious. I must say you my friend make some killer energy bites.
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:32 pm

Thank you!! Yeah I think I had a fig newton as a child and it turned me off… now I’m obsessed.

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Ali on August 6, 2014 4:30 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s funny how even when you might make all kinds of bars and balls yourself, you’ll forget about some ingredients that are totally awesome. Figs are my forgotten ingredient – duh! I am totally going to buy some figs and try this recipe out now! :)
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Cassie on August 7, 2014 10:11 pm

Yay, let me know what you think!

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