Healthy and tasty energy balls!

Updated: Feb 2

These always go down very well when I offer them to my clients, friends and family alike. Children love making them (you get quite messy!); they don't require any baking, are simple to make and packed full of healthy ingredients. You can play around with the flavours and make them to your own taste.

A perfect post-workout snack too, and if you’re someone on the move all the time, these are a healthy companion and a good option for when the railway sandwich & crisp trolley comes round. Here I’ve created two versions; salted chocolate & peanut butter and tahini & sultana.

WHAT YOU NEED: (I’ve used cup measurements as I found it easier - you can get a simple set of measuring cups online)

Salted chocolate and peanut butter

1.5cups rolled oats 3/4 cup peanut butter (good quality) 1/4 cup runny honey 2tbsp raw cacao nibs 2tbsp raw cacao powder 1tbsp hemp seed hearts (ground hemp seeds, or you can also use ground linseed) 1/2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp coconut sugar 4 finely chopped dates (food processor gives the right texture) . sea salt to taste (this will depend on the saltiness of your peanut butter is. Just taste before you roll!)

Tahini and sultana

1.5 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup light tahini

2tbsp sultanas

1/4 cup runny honey

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp hemp seed hearts (ground hemp seeds, or you can also use ground linseed)

1 tbsp coconut sugar

8 finely chopped dates

WHAT YOU DO: Simply mix and roll!! You need a consistency that holds together, so you may need to add a spot of hot water to the peanut butter version (especially if your nut butter is stiff, but don’t make it wet). Add a sprinkle of desiccated coconut over the top and chill in the fridge. Afternoon pick-me-up or a beautiful plateful of sweet, healthy snacks to entertain a gathering.

It’s very easy to add other ingredients like mixed spice and cranberries for a seasonal version, so have fun experimenting!

Here's another lovely slice for a snack...