These chewy balls of energy are great for an afternoon pick-me-up. If desired, swap out the figs for dates and use homemade hemp butter in lieu of sunflower butter. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
1½ cups dried Mission figs, stems removed
¼ cup hemp protein powder
¼ cup raw or natural cocoa powder
¼ cup sunflower seed butter
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
-Zest of 1 medium orange
-Juice from ½ medium orange
-Pinch of salt
⅓ cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1. Place figs in a bowl. Cover with warm water and let soak 1 hour.
2. Drain figs and place them in a food processor container along with hemp protein, cocoa powder, sunflower seed butter, cinnamon, orange zest, orange juice and a pinch of salt. Blend until mixture forms a sticky ball.
3. By the tablespoonful, roll the mixture into 16 circular balls using slightly damp hands. (Clean your hands, as needed, if they become too sticky for proper rolling.)
4. Spread coconut on a flat work surface and roll balls in coconut until evenly covered.
Each serving contains 83 calories, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 7g sugars, 3g protein, 5Est GL.
Matthew Kadey, RD, (muffintinmania.com) is author of The Muffin Tin Chef and The No-Cook, No Bake Cookbook.