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.
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