Pin these power balls to your meal prep board right now because this is a recipe you’re going to want to come back to again and again. Yes, I am that confident about it. These little balls of goodness are sitting in my fridge right now and it’s taking all the self control in the world to not shovel them into my mouth one after the other.
When I saw these dried figs are Fresh Thyme, I immediately knew I wanted to make power balls with them.
If you’re like, what the heck are power balls, well let me fill you in. Power balls usually consist of a nut or nut butter, dried fruit, and oats or protein powder. You can add in spices and jazz them up as you wish, but that’s generally the base. These power balls are made with pumpkin, fig, cashews, and protein powder. Hello delicious nourishment that I can pop into my mouth in between clients and know that they are filled with wholesome, clean ingredients.
The beauty of power balls is that you have control of what goes in them. Store bought bars are great in a hurry, don’t get me wrong. But they usually contain more sugar than needed and some weird chemicals that you can’t pronounce. These bars are simple and really fast to throw together, as long as you have a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can still make them, but they’ll require a little more hands on time as you chop and mash everything together like the food processor would.
Now, that being said, I did add a little bit of maple syrup to mine. I couldn’t resist! I wanted to keep the warm, fall flavor trend going strong. You can use maple syrup like I did, or honey for that matter. OR! You can just leave out the sweetener all together. Your call.
Ready for the recipe? I’m really excited about this one if you couldn’t already tell.
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Pumpkin Fig Power Balls
Great for meal prep and full of spice, these power balls will keep you energized for a busy day!
- 10 dried figs
- 3/4 cup cashews (If you're allergic to cashews like my best friend Karen is, then you can sub in walnuts or almonds!)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 scoops protein powder (I used Vanilla Orgain)
If the figs are a little dry, place them in a bowl and pour hot water over them.
Once they've soaked for 3-5 minutes (I get impatient and am towards the 3 minute end), combine the figs and cashews in your food processor.
Once they're starting to get smooth, add in the pumpkin puree and maple syrup.
Lastly, add in your protein powder.
Once it all comes together to form one big ball of dough, stop mixing.
Remove from your food processor and break into smaller balls, approximately one tablespoon each.
Roll them between two flat palms. At this point, you're done!
*OPTIONAL* Roll in a bowl of granola, you may have to press the granola in, for an extra crunch factor!
*If things aren't blending together as smoothly as you'd like, you can add more maple syrup or water, one tablespoon at a time. The consistency may vary based on how dry your figs are, what nut you use, and the type of protein powder you choose.*
I hope you like them! Leave me a comment below with more recipe ideas you’d like to see from me! My wheels are turnin’!