Sunday Recipe: Fig and Almond Energy Bites

Forget the oven, just mix and roll.

These Fig and Almond Energy Bites are quick, easy, and don’t involve any baking. They go just as well with an afternoon bike ride or post-run recovery snack as they do with a Sunday evening movie. This is cookie dough without the need for an excuse.

This recipe is adapted from an original recipe by Gimme Some Oven. If you’re up for experimenting, this is your recipe. Since you don’t have to bake them, you can switch out a number of ingredients depending on what you’re in the mood for. Peanut butter instead of almond butter? Sure. Dried cranberries instead of figs? Why not. Make a couple of different batches for the sake of “culinary research.”

Fig and Almond Energy Bites


  • 1 cup oats (if you’re gluten-free, make sure they are gluten free certified)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup dried figs, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then add in almond butter and honey. Mix together and let sit in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Store in refrigerator.
  • Eat.

Every month on Sunday Recipe, we bring you a new theme of recipes, perfect for whipping up on a Sunday. For February it’s all about easy things to make for a day with friends. Enjoy!

Images: Anna Brones

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.