The California Fig Powerball was created as a snack to take on the go, a quick bite that will provide a burst of energy that also delivers sound nutrition. It provides multiple health benefits via the variety of fig ingredients—in addition to the nutrition inherent in the almonds, whole-grain oats, and pumpkin and sesame seeds. In addition to the interest built by the ingredients in the mix, this concept also intrigues via its sweet-savory flavor profile, with the fig-almond paste sweetened with the honey-agave syrup, and a savory note from the sesame seeds coating the exterior.
California figs provide an excellent source of dietary fiber, with just three to five dried or fresh figs—or the industrial ingredient equivalent—accounting for one serving, with 5 grams of dietary fiber. Figs are also rich in antioxidants, and are a good source of magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Fig paste is specially blended, often including multiple varieties, like Adriatic, Calimyrna, Mission and Kadota, to provide the desired flavor and color profile. Fig paste is tempered to remain soft, with a moisture level of around 24 percent, and is available with or without seeds. Diced figs, another fig ingredient highlighted in this concept, are typically cut to a specification of 1/3 to 3/8 inch and have a moisture content of 20 to 24 percent.
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In a stand-up mixer, combine whole almonds, sliced almonds, oats, almond flour, flax seeds, cardamom, sea salt and pumpkin seeds. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the honey and agave nectar; bring to a boil over high heat. Brush sides with water to prevent crystallization of syrup. Cook syrup to 240°F, then reduce heat to low. Add the fig paste to the syrup mixture and incorporate thoroughly. Pour the syrup mixture into the stand-up mixer. Using the paddle attachment, coat the dry ingredients thoroughly. On a half sheet tray lined with parchment evenly lay out the mixture. Once cool, portion into small, equal balls. Roll each ball in sesame seeds. Yield: ½ sheet tray, 50 portions.