I am always looking for ways to make my morning routine quick and easy. This leaves more time to sleep, do a daily yoga/ meditation practice, or connect with family over coffee (see my coffee recipes here!). This recipe makes 18-20 Breakfast Bites, just enough to eat 2-3 a day for the week. They are a great portion size, eat one in the morning with coffee, followed by one or two mid-morning for a snack. They are also perfect before a workout. The slightly sweet, creamy flavors of the fig and almond butter couple nicely with the seed mix (think Omega 3s!), and who doesn’t love something covered in chocolate?!
Turkish Fig and Almond Breakfast Bites
30 Minute 8 Ingredients Yield:18-20 Breakfast Bites
3 Dried Turkish Figs – soaked 2-4 hours (if using fresh figs, no need to soak them)
1 1/2 cups Almond butter
1 cup seed mix (equal parts pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax seed)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Using a food processor or stone pestle and mortar, grind soaked figs into a paste.
Add almond butter, mix until fully combined. Move this mixture into a bowl.
Add seed mix, honey, vanilla extract, and salt into the bowl with the fig and almond butter. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together (1-2 minutes). Set mixture into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
Place cacao powder and coconut flakes into two separate bowls. After 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator, the fig, almond butter, seed mixture should be set up. Using a 1 ounce scoop or making a ping-pong size ball in your palms, press mixture together firmly, roll in coconut flakes, followed by raw cacao powder.
Figs have a high vitamin, mineral, and fiber content aiding in digestion, weight loss, colon and breast cancer protection, sexual function and bone protection.
Seed Mix: These seeds combined have all the Omega 3 fatty acids you need! Pumpkin Seed – Contains vitamin E and K, as well as minerals. Great for reproductive health. Sunflower Seed – Great source of magnesium, copper and vitamin E. Flax seed – high in fiber, ligans, and micronutrients. Sesame seeds – phytate (a cancer preventing compound which fights free radicals), magnesium, and fiber. Fights diabetes, cancer, and reduces blood pressure.
Raw Cacao Powder: 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, highest plant-based source of iron, full of magnesium for a healthy heart & brain, more calcium than cow’s milk, a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant.
Alkaline Foods: http://www.livingphit.com/high-alkaline-foods/
Health Benefits of Figs: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-figs-or-anjeer.html
Sesame Seed Benefits: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/sesame-seeds.html