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Raw Almond Fig Balls - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
Larabar copycat recipes have been all the rage on the blogosphere for some time. Take a blender, throw in some dates and nuts and flavorings, et voilà, you too can sell food that looks like it’s already passed through your digestive system at an outrageously exorbitant price! There’s a reason everyone’s been imitating them, though: their bars taste amazing and are a fairly simple, healthful treat. Thusly inspired, I concocted these raw almond fig balls, which have the added benefits of being cheap and packed with calcium. Don’t get me wrong; I love dates. One of my favorite memories of a cross-country road trip I took several years ago was tasting dates fresh off the tree in California (seriously, nothing else even comes close). And I am a sucker for those coconut date rolls you can find in the supermarket. But dates (particularly the good ones) are also expensive, and not particularly high in nutritional value. And besides, I didn’t have dates on my shelf. I had figs. Dried figs are actually great for you. They’re also very high in fiber, magnesium, manganese, and potassium (even moreso than bananas!). They’re calcium-rich, too, just like the almonds and sesame seeds in …