Superfood Sunday: Figs and Fig and Cacao Protein Bliss Balls
Sweet figs. Delicious both fresh and dried, this ancient superfood is bursting with nutritional goodness. Did you know that figs contain the highest amount of calcium of any fruit? Approximately 100g of figs contain 16% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. So far anyone like me, who doesn’t eat dairy and is always looking for other sources of calcium – figs are perfect to start incorporating into your diet!
Figs are also an excellent source of dietary fibre. This recipe I have developed below is perfect for anyone trying to ward off those 3pm hunger pangs, but want a healthy treat to tie your over until dinner!
Even better, figs contain many vital minerals and vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, potassium, magnesium, iron and a variety of antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
Figs are also one of the most alkaline foods, so they’re really great if you want something sweet but don’t won’t to send the pH levels in your body into acidity overdrive! This is really important for anyone struggling with inflammation in the body.
Fig and Cacao Protein Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are my favourite go-to snack when I want something sweet, but healthy. The protein in the nuts and fibre in the figs will help to keep you fuller for longer. I just love this recipe because it has so many of my favourite other superfoods like coconut oil, cacao, chia seeds and cinnamon. The antioxidants and omega fatty acids in these superfoods are also really great for plumping up the skin, keeping you looking youthful and healthy 🙂
Makes 20 balls
(Note: these are approximate quantities so if you find it doesn’t roll together and is crumbling, then add more liquid ingredients; vice-versa if it is too sticky, then you can add more dry ingredients)
½ cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 cup dates (or about 8 dates )
6 dried Turkish figs (organic if possible)
2 Tbsp cacao
2 Tbsp hulled tahini
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp cacao nibs
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
Sesame seeds to roll (optional)
Pulse nuts in food processor until crushed.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined (when it starts to lift at the sides, its usually done).
Set in the fridge for 1 hour, or freezer for ½ hour.
Store in a tight container (lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge, and longer in the freezer).
Hope you enjoy 🙂