Figgy espresso balls (gluten free)

My friend Miss G gave me some dried figs and asked if I’d make something gluten and dairy free. Challenge accepted πŸ™‚

Figgy espresso balls were born. A super easy, quick to prepare, healthy snack to satisfy the sweet cravings.

DSC02358You’ll need: 250grams of dried figs, 3/4 cup of freshly poured espresso, 2-3 tablespoons almond meal, 1/2 cup silvered almonds or crushed peanuts, 1/4 cup sunflower kennels, 1/4 cup coconut chips.

Cut the figs in half, place in a bowl and soak them for a couple of hours in espresso to soften them. If you aren’t a fan of coffee, you could soak in orange or apple juice.

Put the figs and coffee soaking liquid into your food processor and blend. Add the other ingredients and blend again until well combined. You might find you’ll need to add more almond meal if the mixture looks too wet. You’re looking for a slightly sticky consistency.

Roll into balls and leave in the fridge for an hour or so to firm up. Enjoy with coffee, herbal tea or dare I say it… a chilled glass of champers!