Martina's Energy Balls

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

"I make these from a mixture of figs, nuts, sesame seeds, and oatmeal--uncooked and organic," says tennis star Martina Navratilova. "They keep me going at matches, where sometimes you still find players drinking sodas, of all things, and I snack on them before and during a workout." Prep and Cook Time: about 15 minutes. Notes: Use any kind of nut you like--almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts. Although Navratilova likes her nuts raw, we thought they were good toasted too.

Yield: Makes 14 to 16 balls
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  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plain (not unsweetened) soy milk
  • Unsweetened flaked or shredded dried coconut
  • 1 cup regular (
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup nuts (see Notes), chopped
  • 4 dried figs, chopped (soak in water if necessary to make them pliable)


  1. 1. Bring honey and soy milk in a medium saucepan to a boil over high heat; boil 1 minute. Set aside. Put coconut on a plate or in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. 2. In a food processor, pulse oats, sesame seeds, nuts, and figs until finely ground. Add to honey mixture in saucepan and stir together. Wet your hands with water and roll 1-tbsp. portions of mixture into balls; then roll in coconut.
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