Get Figgy With It Energy Balls

Training for a marathon is hard work. On Saturday I ran 15 miles for the first time with Team Nutribullet. Oh my goodness! The last two miles were very difficult. While I maintained a very consistent 11 minute pace for the first 12 miles, I slowed down to a 12+ minute pace for the last 3 miles. I honestly have never felt bored while running until last Saturday. Hopefully these new miles are just a mental block that I need to break through so I can run the 26.2 miles needed for this marathon.


My goal is to focus on running a lot more throughout the entire week. In order to do that nutrition will be key. To get through these 26.2 miles, I am definitely going to need healthy carbohydrates. Over the weekend, I got busy in the kitchen.


I decided to make energy balls since they are so easily portable. Growing up, my dad loved Fig Newton’s. His love for the cookies passed on to me! My goal with this recipe was to make these balls taste as close as possible to the cookie without all the icky ingredients.

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Get Figgy With It Energy Balls
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Serves: 10

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 10 dried figs
  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon Vega vanilla protein powder

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or Nutribullet.
  2. Mix until the texture becomes crumbly.
  3. Using your hands, roll out ten energy balls.


I have to say I was pretty happy with the results.

Protein is important for muscle recovery, so I also made Peanut Butter Lover Protein Balls!


The ingredients include: 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup vega protein powder, 4 tablespoons peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs. Mix in Nutribullet and form into 10 balls.

Question(s): What is your favorite energy/protein ball recipe? How was your weekend? What mental tricks do you use to get through long runs?

 Happy snacking! 

9 thoughts on “Get Figgy With It Energy Balls

  1. Such a good idea to put figs in energy balls! I loved Fig Newtons too so I bet these are delicious.

    I can’t imagine running 15 miles, better yet 26.2, so I can completely understand why the last few were so hard. Shoot, I would have been out of gas at half that distance!

    You’re rocking it Jillian! I can’t wait to see you conquer that marathon!!
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  2. These look so good! I can’t eat figs right now (part of my next “what’s wrong with my guts” experiment) but hopefully they’ll be back eventually. I’m sad that your first long run was mediocre. The best advice I can give you is start super slow…start this week’s long run at the pace you ended last week’s, even if it feels like a crawl at first. It’s definitely easier mentally to keep the same pace or even speed up a little than to have to slow down near the end.
    Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead recently posted…Weekly Recap: January 6-12, and My 2014 Race PlansMy Profile

  3. 15 miles – ROCKSTAR!!!! Congrats!!! You’re rocking this training. I used to love Fig Newtons, so I’m definitely intrigued by these! Hmm… the only thing the Vitamix isn’t good for is small batch things, and my crappy small food processor may not be able to handle them (1st world problems, I’m rolling my eyes at myself 100 times over). I think they’re still worth a try. Thanks for the recipe!
    Megan (The Lyons’ Share) recently posted…One Step Ahead of YesterdayMy Profile

  4. Good run girly! The pace thing becomes a factor for me after 20 miles – that’s where I really lose my speed. Like, during my marathon, I was on pace til mile 20 to achieve my goal. But then, I just slump out. Anyway, you’ll totally rock your marathon no matter the time and you’re going to LOVE the feeling of being a marathoner. SO.WORTH.IT.
    Yummy balls! Everywhere in blog land this week I’m seeing balls! LOL! :)
    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted…Working the WeekendMy Profile

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