Skip the snack aisle at the store. California Mission Fig oatmeal energy balls are the perfect healthy snack! This energy bite recipe features just a few ingredients and is ready to go where you do.
Whole Ingredients for Healthy Snacking
Sun-Maid California Mission Dried Figs or Orchard Choice Mission Dried Figs are our pick for this energy bite recipe. Their familiar figgy flavor is reminiscent of childhood chewy cookies and sweetens the oatmeal energy balls too. But we think you’ll especially love how the Mission Figs pack in the nutrition, adding fiber, potassium, calcium, and more.
You can’t have oatmeal energy balls without the oats, but not all oats are the same in the store aisle. This energy bite recipe calls for old-fashioned oats also sometimes labeled as rolled oats. They’re a bigger cut size than “Instant Oats” which you could use as a substitute if necessary. Steel cut oats won’t cut it here. If you follow a gluten-free lifestyle, make sure to look for a gluten-free stamp or call-out on the label—oats are naturally gluten-free, but sometimes grown in close proximity to grains that are not.
Smooth peanut butter is the go-to ingredient here. Paired with the figs and oats, they all act as binders to hold the energy balls together.
Unsweetened coconut adds additional fiber and MCT’s, along with manganese, copper, and iron. If you’re not so keen on coconut, the energy balls don’t use such a significant amount and are not coconut flavor forward.
When to Enjoy the Energy Bites
We think you will appreciate the oatmeal energy balls as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, but they are equally great for pre- and post-workouts, or even as a breakfast bite on-the-go.
Make This Oatmeal Energy Ball Recipe Your Own
Try adding in cacao nibs for a bit of chocolatey flavor. If you avoid peanuts, try almond butter. Or, if you’re nut-free, swap in sunflower seed butter.
Fig Oatmeal Energy Balls
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs stemmed
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut shreds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a food processor, pulse oats until finely processed and a flour like consistency.
- Add California Figs, peanut butter, coconut shreds, and cinnamon. Pulse until batter begins to come together pulling from the sides of the food processor.
- Roll dough into 1 tablespoon size bites. Lay bites on a parchment paper lined sheet and cool in the fridge for one hour so the bites can firm up.
- After oatmeal energy balls have firmed up, transfer to an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store for up to one week in the refrigerator.