Gingerbread energy balls

One of the questions I get asked a lot is for healthy snack ideas. Walking around the shops there is a plethora of snack items but so many of them are expensive items that you can make yourself in batches with a little know how and patience. Energy balls are one such item. Often sold for £1.50-£1 a portion, these can be made a lot cheaper at home. See my analysis below.  

Whilst there are a lot of energy ball recipes out there on the internet this one is so delicious that I had to share it. I love having snacks  like these to hand for instant snacking and even better, these freeze well. So you can make a large batch and dip into them now and again. My kids also love making these with me.

A perfect mid morning snack for me between clients and an after school snack for the kids at a much better cost than buying from the shops.


Gingernut Energy Balls


  • 100 g unsalted cashew nuts
  • 100 g dates
  • 25 5 oats
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)


Blitz up the cashews, oats and dates in a food processor or grinder. I do this in batches as my grinder is smalll. You may need to stop grinding and stir it around a bit from time to time.
Put the mixture into a bowl, add in the ginger and stir.
Now roll into balls and roll in the sesame seeds (if wanted).
Store in a tin, the fridge or freeze.
Costing = £2.20 for 10 balls (5 portions for an adult)
100g cashews £1.10
100g dates 66p
25g oats 27p
1 tbsp sesame seeds 9p
1 tsp ginger 8p


Other great snack recipes:

Pistachio, dark chocolate and apricot Energy Bars.

Cheesy Popcorn

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Cookies

The famous banana flapjack

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