Whether you’re fuelling up for a big workout or marathon workday, these DIY energy bites are the perfect portable snack. They are delicious and take just minutes to make. Plus, you can customise them by swopping the fruits, spices and nut butters. Get started with our base recipe and three fun twists.
Almond Apricot Energy Balls
TOTAL TIME: 10 MINUTES
> ⅓ cup dried apricot halves (around 6)
> 1 tbsp honey
> ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp almond butter, at room temperature
> ¼ cup ground ﬂaxseeds
> ¼ tsp kosher salt
> ⅔ cup rolled oats
> ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed into powder (optional)
1. Place apricots, honey, almond butter, ﬂaxseeds and salt in bowl of food processor. Pulse ﬁve times, then process mixture for about 20 seconds.
2. Scrape down sides of the bowl, add oats, pulse ﬁve times, then process for another 20 seconds.
3. Use tablespoon measure to scoop out mixture. Shape each scoop into a ball, then roll in strawberry powder (if desired). Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Nutrition facts per serving
84 calories, 5g fat (0.6 g saturated), 9g carbohydrate, 3g protein, 2g ﬁbre, 57mg sodium
CHANGE UP THE FLAVOURS
Twist: Chocolate, Peanut, Pretzel
Follow the recipe for Almond Apricot Energy Balls, but swop peanut butter for almond butter. Use just ¼ cup rolled oats, and in step 2, add ⅓ cup crushed pretzels, 2 tablespoons salted peanuts and 2 tablespoons dark-chocolate chunks to the batter. Instead of strawberry powder, roll in cocoa powder or additional crushed pretzels.
Twist: Tropical Fruit
Follow the recipe for Almond Apricot Energy Balls, but swop ⅓ cup chopped dried mango and 1 ring dried pineapple (chopped) for the apricots. In step 2, add 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut to the batter. Instead of strawberry powder, roll in additional toasted unsweetened coconut that has been crushed.
Follow the recipe for Almond Apricot Energy Balls, but in step 2, add ¼ cup packed ﬁnely grated carrot, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric. Instead of rolling in strawberry powder, garnish with additional ﬁnely grated carrot.