Of all the dried fruit options, figs are a winner. Less sweet than, say, dates or raisins, they’re rich in calcium, potassium, iron and fibre.

Gut-friendly, they fill you up and help sustain your energy levels while you train. Combined in these cake slices with ginger and walnuts, they’re a marriage made in heaven.


  • 75g coconut sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 175g dried figs chopped
  • 50g walnuts chopped
  • 50g fiery crystallised ginger chopped
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp oat milk
  • 10g walnut pieces to top


  • STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a loaf tin, or small baking tray (10 x 25cm). Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Beat in the egg. Stir in the figs, walnuts, ginger and oat milk.

  • STEP 2

    Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and cinnamon. Spoon the mixture into the tin, top with the walnut pieces and bake for 20-25mins.

  • STEP 3

    Leave to cool in the tin and then cut into slices. Wrap individually. These keep for up to a week, and actually improve over a few days. Also suitable for freezing.

Nutrient boost - Malt extract has powerful nutritional benefits. Add 1 heaped tbsp of malt alongside the sugar, but reduce the sugar to 50g from 75g.


Kate PercySports nutrition cook and author

Sports nutrition cook and keen amateur athlete Kate Percy set up the #GoFaster campaign in 2009 and, following the publication of several sports nutrition books, now produces a range of all-natural energy balls, Go Bites (