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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 knowhow 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. My boy also loves making these with me.

Perfect mid morning snack for me between clients and an afternoon snack for the kids at a much better cost than buying from the shops.

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Gingernut Energy Balls

Ingredients

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

Recipe Notes

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

 

Cocoa-nut Naked Balls

You know those weeks when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, you are feeling pretty exhausted and craving something chocolately? That’s me right now so today I created these healthy, delicious balls full of raw ingredients, goodness yet with that chocolate taste too. Inspired by the Nakd bar range, I decided it couldn’t be that hard to make my own version – turns out it isn’t!

These are gluten free (if you use gluten free oats), wheat free and easy to make if you have a food processor. I ued the nuts/seeds grinder on my Kenwood Chef. Drove my kids nuts with the noise – slighly payback for the times they drive me nuts with their noise 😉 Top tip, soak the prunes first and it will make life easier. I didn’t and had to do a lot of scraping them back down the grinder pot.

Dietitian UK: Cocoa-nut naked balls

Cocoa-nut Naked Balls
Yields 5
Raw balls of goodness with a chocolate kick. These are based on Nakd bars or Lara bars. Easy to make though a little messy!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
137 calories
26 g
0 g
4 g
4 g
0 g
42 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
42g
Yields
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
5%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 75 g prunes
  2. 50g oats
  3. 25g almonds
  4. 25g raisins
  5. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  6. 2 tbsp warm water
Instructions
  1. Soak the prunes in the warm water for 15-30 minutes depending on how much time you have.
  2. Drain the water but reserve it.
  3. Add the nuts to a food processor or nut/seed grinder and grind. Then add the oats and grind. Add the rest of the ingredients and grind. You may need to add a little of the reserved liquid to help it along but not too much as you don't want it sloppy.
  4. Now roll into balls and place onto greaseproof paper on a plate or baking tray.
  5. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
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calories
137
fat
4g
protein
4g
carbs
26g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Fruit and Nut Balls (gluten free, wheat free, dairy free)

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to get my creative side out. A few weeks of my husband being tied up with things has meant I’ve been pretty much keeping the show on the road by running around like a juggling magician 😉 Keeping 2 small ones fed, vaguely clean, amused, pretending to have a tidy house and running 2 businesses is….. well busy. You know those moments when you are cooking dinner with a baby on your back in a sling, whilst helping the toddler find her prized possession and aware you are teaching Pilates in 10 minutes – well that. You know what, it’s tiring as heck, but I LOVE MY JOBS. 

So in preparation for another busy week myself and Miss K took full advantage of Master J napping, we busted our moves in the kitchen. In fits of excitement, under a watchful eye, Miss K pretty much made cheese straws on her own, meanwhile I knocked up these fruit and nut balls. They were so quick to make that she asked me – “Mummy, when did you make those?”.

Dietitian Uk: Fruit and Nut Balls

My food processor is on it’s very last legs but it just managed to grind the nuts and seeds (hint hint Santa). If you don’t have a food processor a coffee grinder would work, bash them in a pestle and mortar chop them nice and small. The resulting mix will be sticky and slightly oily as the fruit and nuts release their goodness.

Fruit and Nut Balls
Yields 20
Cranberry, date, almond, walnut and sunflower seeds make a health-filled snack perfect to boost your energy levels for on-the-go people.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
242 calories
22 g
0 g
17 g
6 g
2 g
50 g
1 g
14 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242
Calories from Fat 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g walnuts
  2. 200g almonds
  3. 200g sunflower seeds
  4. 200g dried cranberries
  5. 200g dates
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until the nuts are in small pieces.
  2. Now 1tbsp at a time, squeeze in your hands and roll into balls.
  3. Place onto a plate and put in the fridge. You can eat them straight from the fridge or after an hour remove and place in a tub/tin lined with greaseproof paper.
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calories
242
fat
17g
protein
6g
carbs
22g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/