Abundance has once again graced us with her presence. The harvest has been picked and shared amongst our human, bird and squirrel friends and all that remains on our once prolific fig tree are pale colored leaves waiting for their turn to be reunited with the soil and recycled back to life.
After eating many of these gigantic figs right off the tree in all of their natural glory as well as tossed in salads and shakes the nature/season hoarder in me has dried some out in an effort to be savored for months to come. After an ah-ha moment in my kitchen contemplating what simple yet satisfying snack my body would appreciate most I instinctively walked over to my cupboards pulling out the dried figs and almonds. Next logical thing to do was head over to the food processor and give these ingredients a whirl. With no clear idea of exactly what shape this snack was going to take on I played in my kitchen with an open mind and decided to err on the side of simplicity once again by simply rolling the mixture into irresistible bite sized balls.
Now I invite you to explore the bliss that is dried figs and almonds, but as always encouraging you to add your own creative twist to things. Perhaps you’ll be daring and sample this with pistachio and orange or simply decide to add more autumn spice to the mix. Whatever adaptations you decide to experiment with just be sure to enjoy the process as like these tiny bite sized morsels of goodness the time will fly by too.
Let me know if you create this recipe and also what your favorite dried fruit is? Would be thrilled to hear from you dear reader!
- 1 cup almonds
- ⅔ cup dried figs aprox (10 dried figs)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp coconut nectar
- Using a food processor combine all ingredients until crumbly and can stick together when you press them between your thumb and fingers.
- Scoop the mixture out using a melon baller. Place the ball into your palm and form until smooth and round.
- Set balls on a tray and serve with a cup of fresh dairy free milk or tea.
- I like to wet my hands with coconut oil very lightly to ensure no stick and give the balls a pretty sheen. I also coat the melon baller with the coconut oil for easy use.