Pistachio Fig Energy Balls

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It’s funny but I was thinking of energy bars, but these aren’t bars, they’re balls. So when I typed “energy balls” in the title, I just suddenly realised something. This is like an ATTACK POWER, and then I remembered one of my favourite TV shows, CHARMED, all those energy balls. Haha, how hilarious!

Anyway, these are so easy to make and taste so good! They’re also super energising.

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The trick here is not over-grind the stuff, because then you won’t see any colours. It also helps adding the sesame seeds afterwards so you can see its lovely shape! If you find that making them into balls take too long, you can always shape them into a rectangle and cut it up.

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It may take some time to peel the pistachios but it’s worth it. For some reason, when they’re in shells, they always taste fresher and nicer. Be sure to measure AFTER you’ve removed the shells, otherwise you will not have enough!

Oh, and feel free to substitute the olive oil with coconut oil if you wish.

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Pistachio Fig Energy Balls

1/3 cup oat flour (grind instant old fashioned oats into a flour)
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
2 tablespoons walnuts
2 dried figs
1 tablespoon unsweetened flaked coconut
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white grape juice
2 teaspoons vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

If you don’t have oat flour, make it by tossing in a batch of instant old fashioned oats into the blender and blend until a fine flour forms. Keep it in a container so you can use later and measure out 1/3 cup of oat flour and put it back into the blender.

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If you can, use shelled pistachios as they taste better. Remove the shells and measure out 1/3 cup and put it in the blender as well. Then, add the hemp hearts, walnuts, figs and flaked coconuts.

Pulse until the pistachios, figs and walnuts are roughly chopped. Don’t overdo it but also make sure the figs are chopped well, otherwise you’ll end up with some parts too sweet and other parts not sweet enough.

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Spoon the dried mixture (should not stick to each other yet) into a large bowl. Add the sesame seeds, olive oil, grape juice, chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Knead with your hands until the powder becomes a sticky lump. Then, take a piece and shape it into a ball. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

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Pistachio Fig Energy Balls
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup oat flour (grind instant old fashioned oats into a flour)
  • ⅓ cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 dried figs
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white grape juice
  • 2 teaspoons vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. If you don’t have oat flour, make it by tossing in a batch of instant old fashioned oats into the blender and blend until a fine flour forms. Keep it in a container so you can use later and measure out ⅓ cup of oat flour and put it back into the blender.
  2. If you can, use shelled pistachios as they taste better. Remove the shells and measure out ⅓ cup and put it in the blender as well. Then, add the hemp hearts, walnuts, figs and flaked coconuts.
  3. Pulse until the pistachios, figs and walnuts are roughly chopped. Don’t overdo it but also make sure the figs are chopped well, otherwise you’ll end up with some parts too sweet and other parts not sweet enough.
  4. Spoon the dried mixture (should not stick to each other yet) into a large bowl. Add the sesame seeds, olive oil, grape juice, chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Knead with your hands until the powder becomes a sticky lump. Then, take a piece and shape it into a ball. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

 

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