First post and recipes for two types of energy balls

This is my first post. I have decided to start a blog because since the age of 18 I have been experimenting with diet and exercise (I am currently 30). I am also a research scientist, so experimenting is what I do. My posts will be short and concise, providing quick and easy, nutritious, whole food recipes for busy, career-oriented people like myself and examples of my workouts and training. Enjoy.

I have just whipped up two batches of energy balls. These balls are sweetened only with dried fruit and are great for a mid-afternoon snack. These balls are quite high in calories, with ingredients including walnuts, coconuts and peanut butter, so don’t go eating the whole batch. They are designed for times when you need an energy hit quickly. The boyfriend loves them.

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Cranberry, Apricot and Orange Energy Balls

Makes 6

Ingredients

1/2 cup dates, soaked in 1 – 2 tablespoons hot water

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup walnuts

Juice from 1/2 an orange

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Rind from 1/2 an orange, grated

Extra desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

  • Place the dates, cranberries and apricots into a food processor. Process until roughly chopped.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until the mixture becomes firm and starts to form a large ball.
  • With wet hands, separate the mixture into 6 portions and roll into balls. Roll each ball in desiccated coconut. Allow the balls to harden for at least one hour in the fridge.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Makes 6

Ingredients

1/2 cup dates, soaked in 1 – 2 tablespoon hot water

1/2 cup prunes

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extra sifted cocoa for rolling

Method

  • Place the dates and prunes into a food processor. Process until roughly chopped.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until the mixture becomes firm and starts to form a large ball.
  • With wet hands, separate the mixture into 6 portions and roll into balls. Roll each ball in sifted cocoa powder. Allow the balls to harden for at least one hour in the fridge.

Average cost per ball = approximately 72 cents based on groceries purchased at Aldi, cocoa powder purchased from Woolworths.

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