Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites

I had so many elaborate porridge plans for last week. I even bought all the ingredients for them and planned exactly which day I would make them. Then my stove stopped working, so I made these adorable, fudgy, easy, snackalicious truffles instead.

Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites #OatmealArtist #vegan

What is it about my life that consistently leaves me without a functioning stove? Why does New York City keep doing this to me? First, my apartment in Bed-Stuy had just finished its renovation and the gas company took weeks to come in and grant us the comfort we deserved. I literally made this Pineapple Jalapeño Oatmeal on a grill in our backyard.

Then I moved to Chinatown, and the renters before us had turned off their gas years ago, so apparently they only cooked with their microwave. Because the gas had been off for so long, they had to go through weeks of inspection to turn it on again, and it dragged out to a MONTH AND A HALF before our landlords just said “eff it” and replaced our gas stove with an electric one. I put out so many muesli recipes that month!

Here I am again, gas-less. This time, it just suddenly happened despite the fact that I’ve been in this apartment for ten months. And you know what happens when you call the gas company in NYC and tell them you have no stove or hot water? They say their earliest appointment is a week away. A. WEEK. AWAY.

So enjoy your uncooked food and cold showers. #bestweekever

Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites by the Oatmeal Artist

But I wanted to give you guys new recipes, so I turned my attention to raw ideas. When this first comes out of the food processor, it tastes somewhat bland, BUT after you set it in the fridge for a couple hours, the flavors come together. You taste the figs and chocolate, and the sweetness is just right. I promise–if you give it the time–it will be delightful. Don’t judge it from the first bite right out of the food processor!

I topped mine with a bit of coarse salt, hoping this would be similar to my Salted Fudge PB2. I’m not sure if I recommend the salt. I think it’s better without it!

Random Recommendations:

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Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: makes about 10 1.5" balls

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick - I used BetterOats quick oats)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 4 dried figs, diced into smaller pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter by PB&Co (or another chocolate nut butter)

How to make it:

  1. Add ingredients except peanut butter to a food processor and process in short bursts several times.
  2. Add half the peanut butter and repeat. (I had better luck when I didn’t add the peanut butter all at once, but this may differ based on your specific food processor.)
  3. Add the rest of the peanut butter and repeat, processing in short bursts until mixture is combined and begins forming a sticky ball of "dough."
  4. Roll the balls so they are somewhere between 1-2 inches in diameter. If desired, you could roll these in something like coconut, sesame sides, crushed nuts, etc. I rolled mine in coarse salt because that's the kind of person I am.
  5. Store in the fridge. According to the recipe I adapted this from, it should be good for 5-7 days.

Just an FYI:

Adapted from this recipe.

This recipe will taste a little bland when it first comes out of the food processor. It will taste sweeter and more "figgy" after it sits in the fridge for a couple hours!

I halved this recipe because I felt like my Apricot Almond Butter Bites made way more than I wanted or could reasonably finish in a week. To double this version, double each ingredient except the water and maple syrup. Then, use about 4 tbsp water and 4 tbsp maple syrup.

Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites by the Oatmeal Artist #vegan

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

9 Responses to Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites

  1. G says:

    I love the figs and chocolate combo! Unfortunately, we cut down the fig tree in our yard recently, so no more figs. ): I’m not really a fan of the pure bars, as they contain highly processed agave syrup (and the banana flavor tastes like socks, in my opinion). I mostly just make my own larabars in bite sized portions similar to this recipe

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I wouldn’t call agave syrup “highly processed.” Processed, yes, but not highly processed. Highly processed = cheez whiz, twinkies, fake maple syrup…

      And I tried the banana coconut flavor earlier this week and loved it! Tasted like banana bread. 🙂

      • G says:

        I think it was the temperature of the bar that affected the flavor- it was in my purse all day, so it was pretty warm. And I meant that agave was more processed than what most people think it is, definitely not as bad as the fake maple syrup!

  2. Oh man, sorry to hear about your lack of gas! That’s NYC for ya. Absolutely love the addition of coarse salt on these bites, I’m all about the salty/sweet combinations!

  3. Cassie says:

    I don’t think I could ever live without cooked food! They make me feel my best and they taste amazing! However, I love no-heat recipes for convenience! My sister and I like to make these date balls made with walnuts, coconut, almonds and a little peanut butter and cacao powder as little treats, and they’re addictive!

  4. Sorry to hear about your stove! At least there’s always overnight oats and the microwave if you’re desperate for hot oats! I just hope that being stoveless does not result in food waste. In the mean time, have fun trying to make the best of the situation.

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