If you’ve spent any time on here you will know that I don’t love cooking. I will do it, but the recipe has to be simple. I wish I was one of those moms that whips up Pinterest-worthy dishes on a nightly basis but it’s just not me.

One of the items that shows up in my various health-related feeds on social media is no-bake energy balls. What is a no-bake energy ball, you ask? Packed with goodness like dates, figs, agave or maple syrup, coconut, etc, these little nuggets are purported to be just the boost you need. And, as it plainly states in the name, they’re not baked. Did I mention that I’m not a baker either?

I have attempted to “no-bake” these a few times. And maybe it’s because I am not a chef in any stretch of the imagination, but they have pretty much always messed up. Too dry so they crumble, not awesome tasting, or they just made such a gooey mess that I was not sure the process was worth it.

Enter Figgy Pops. I discovered these at Costco a couple of weeks back, in the same aisle as the bags of dried fruit and healthy cookies. Always a willing early adopter in the world of healthy snack food, I grabbed a bag.

These little spheres of natural power are the answer to all my Pinterest fails. They are the right consistency, they are uniform in shape and size, they are delicious, and here’s the kicker – I DIDN”T HAVE TO MAKE THEM. When I calculate the cost of all the ingredients required for me to make something similar at home, plus the cost of time to prep, make and clean up – these babies are worth their weight in gold.

The only downside is that they are GOOD. Like, “pop a few in my mouth every time I open the fridge” good. Self control is required. Although they are so dense that even though the serving is three pops, two is actually more than enough to satisfy. They are great as an afternoon snack, great to bring on a hike or have during a long run to keep your energy up.

Costco only sold the one Tart Cherry Fig flavour, but when looking for info for this post I discovered that they also sell Cranberry Pistachio, Choco Crunch, Mangoberry and Apple Cinnamon.

They’re not CHEAP, and we bought the cost-effective Coscto-sized bag so I can only imagine what a smaller bag at a regular grocer would be. On the Made in Nature website a 16oz bag is $10.99USD and a 4.2oz bag is $4.99USD. We bought them in a Costco in Vancouver but their website nets zero locations in Canada…might just be a postal code search issue. In the US they appear to be at Albertsons, Target, REI, Whole Foods, VONS, Safeway…plus a whole bunch more.

You might be able to make these yourself at a lower cost, but when I think back to the batches I’ve disposed because of epic failure, I feel I am justified in outsourcing the work to Figgy Pops.

For a bit more info, here is a video I did with more info on this delicious new treat:

Let me know if you try them!

 

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 3 Pops   Servings Per Containing: Approx. 10
Amount Per Serving Calories: 190   Calories From Fat: 100

% Daily Value**
Total Fat: 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Potassium 240mg 5%
% Daily Value**
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%

 

*Contains less than 2% of the daily values of these nutrients
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your day values may be higher or lower depending on calorie needsIngredients: ORGANIC FIGS, ORGANIC CASHEWS, ORGANIC DATES, ORGANIC COCONUT, ORGANIC WALNUTS, ORGANIC DRIED TART CHERRIES (ORGANIC DRIED TART CHERRIES, ORGANIC APPLE JUICE, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER OIL), ORGANIC GLUTEN-FREE OATS, ORGANIC COCONUT OIL, ORGANIC CACAO NIBS, ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP, ORGANIC CINNAMON, SEA SALT. MAY CONTAIN AN OCCASIONAL PIT. CONTAINS: CASHEWS, WALNUTS, COCONUT.