This recipe was inspired by two sources, my husband’s heart (namely, his blood pressure) and my ladoo recipe.
I was hunting around the internet for ingredients for heart-healthier substitutes of our standard ingredients. Soon a list of potassium, calcium, and magnesium rich ingredients started forming into a recipe I already knew: Ladoo! A nut and fruit sweet made during Indian holidays. I eagerly made note of the various health benefits of each ingredient.
Figs…a perfect substitute for dates! Extra virgin olive oil instead of ghee, easy! Yeah…let’s add in dark chocolate too (70%+ cocoa, or 40% cacao solids).
A better, heart-healthier snack for him to bring to work.
For nutritional values, I used the USDA’s Nutrition Search. It really allowed for a lot of granularity. The FDA has a list of the Daily Values. So you can find the nutritional values for your full recipe, divide these by the number of servings and know the calories and stats on your homemade snacks.
Dark Chocolate & Fig Energy Snacks
Makes 17 Energy Balls
(or more if you add in the optional ingredients)
This might make an amazing filling for homemade fig bars as well.
Special tools: Food processor
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
- 3 tbsp Raw Pumpkin Seeds (de-shelled)
(optional) 3 tbsp Raw Flax Seeds
(optional) 3 tbsp Raw Sunflower Seeds (de-shelled)
Adds: +2% Magnesium, +3% Fiber, +1% Calcium and +1% Potassium PER fig ball.
(Optional) Heat olive oil, raw seeds and nuts in a pan until warm, ensuring they are all coated with the extra virgin olive oil.
- 1/2 Cup (4oz) Dark Chocolate (with 70% cocoa, or 40% cacao)
- 1 cup (8-9 oz) of Figs
I purchased a container of NutraFigs at 3.50$ for 9 oz.
Add everything to the food processor. Blend until smooth.
Remove and roll into balls using a tablespoon measure (or bars, if that’s your thing). Store in the fridge.
Daily Values PER Fig Ball (excluding flax and sunflower)
❤ 140 Calories, 3g (11%) Fiber, 3.5g Protein, 15% Magnesium, 6% Potassium, 5% Vit E, 4% Calcium, and 0% sodium. ❤