I ran 11 miles on Saturday. 11 long miles on what was thankfully a gorgeous day. I’ve recently learned that on such long runs, water just doesn’t cut it. So I brought a few dates, tucked into the pocket of my running tights.
While those dates were good, it got me thinking that I need to create a (simple) snack that I could eat before or immediately after a run – one that’s unprocessed, easy to make, and tastes good. Recalling a “fig newton” bar I’d eaten a while ago, I wanted to recreate the flavor and health that it combined.
These bites are easy – they’re made of TWO ingredients: walnuts and figs. They’re loaded with healthy fats, fiber, sugars, carbs and just a little protein – the nutrients needed to fuel a run, or quickly recover while you prepare a bigger meal. What’s better: these keep well in the fridge or freezer, and taste absolutely amazing! Don’t let dried figs scare you – puree them with some walnuts, and you’ve got a wonderful snack.
2 Ingredient Fig Newton Bites
Makes 20 bites
1.5 C walnut halves
1 package whole dried figs
Use a food processor (a blender won’t work well) and pulse together the walnuts and figs. You’ll need to scrape down the bowl sides a few times, and it will take at least 5 minutes until a dough-like consistency forms.
Scoop spoonfuls of the dough into a mini muffin tin, or spread into a thin layer in an 8×8″ glass pan, lined with parchment paper, to be cut into bars.
Freeze the bites (or bars) for a few hours, but overnight is best. Transfer to a container and keep refrigerated, to maintain shape.
Eat one or two before a workout, or as a midday snack.