Paleo Fig & Barberry Lemon Bites

Brown Turkey fig split in half.
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Watch out Paleo carbophobes, these treats are not for you.  For those of you that need or want to replenish your exercise depleted glycogen stores with real food and without added sugar, you’ll love these nutrient dense and delicious Paleo treats.  In addition to being great peri-workout options these treats are just the right amount of sweetness and fat for a post meal dessert or quick palette cleanser.  Great for upcoming Holiday parties, or as a gift in a beautiful little box for friends or loved ones.

Take a look at these simple ingredients:

  • 10 large dried figs, chopped (make sure that they are not too dry, chose the Turkish or emperor figs)
  • 1/4 cup organic plump raisins
  • 1/4 cup Barberries, our new favorite from Iran
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice, and a little bit of grated peel
  • 1 tbsp raw local honey (always good to use local to fight those allergies)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut flakes

In your food processor, add chopped figs, raisins, barberries, and chop away until you get a nice paste. Transfer paste into a large mixing bowl and add almond meal, coconut oil, lemon juice and honey. Mix together very well with a spatula until you have a nice thick evenly distributed paste.

Scoop out one teaspoon at a time and roll even little balls between your palms and then roll them in the coconut flakes. Set them to cool in your fridge for about 30 minutes and serve.  I can’t wait to make these for my mom when she comes to visit.  Enjoy!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kristy A. says:

    Those look delicious! They seem similar to date balls, but perhaps they hold up better. The date balls I make (dates, vanilla, pecans, and rolled in cocoa powder and coconut flakes) require refrigeration/freezing and melt into soft, sticky balls when left at room temperature. How do these hold up?


    1. Oh Kristy, these hold up great. No mess at all. You can leave them out no problem. They are really good. I would love to try your recipe that you mentioned. Is it on your site?


  2. Kristy A. says:

    That is great to hear that they hold up well at room temperature. Can’t wait to try them!

    The recipe I referred to is Pecan Fudge Truffles on my site: They are easy and decadent, but best frozen. I am thinking of trying out dry ice someday if that would work without chipping a tooth 😉

    Anyway, your recipes are outstanding. Love getting that mouth-water treat every time you post a new one!

    Thank you for your culinary diligence to create healthy recipes!


    1. Kristy, YOU ROCK! Thank you!!!! Will be making your date treats on Sunday or Monday. Fabulous, we love chilled treats. 🙂 Jo


  3. michele says:


    I need your help,
    I’m working on a translation and there is an entry for “emperor figs”… which you seem the only one to mention in the whole www web, could you tell me more? is this a synonymous for “turkish” figs? Or otherwise where are the “emperor figs” from? Are they big? Juicy? thanks a lot


    1. Hello Michele,

      Emperor figs are Turkish figs, they were enjoyed by the ancients, because of their extra moistness, plumper and delicate structure/meat. Oh they are so juicy, if you can find a great Middle Eastern shop that sells them, look for ones that are a beautiful juicy looking amber or dark golden. What a treat they are. You can readily find figs, and Turkish figs in stores, but they are not very big, are already a bit dried out and crystallized …those are still good, but the fresher Emperor/Turkish ones really will take you to another level with enjoyment. I hope that this helps a little. Have a great night! Jo


  4. Louise says:

    So unexpectantly yummy! I bought barberries from a Persian store and came across this recipe when looking for what to do with barberries. Delicious!!


    1. Glad that you liked them! 🙂


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