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Fruit and nut energy balls

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Article written by Rob Hobson

Date published 05 May 2022

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These energy balls are a perfect between-meals snack, especially for those on a higher-intensity training programme. The nuts provide plenty of micronutrients including B vitamins and antioxidant vitamin E and selenium. Cocoa powder is a good source of magnesium, which helps muscle relaxation.

Makes 8

Per ball: 258 calories


  • 250g Medjool dates, pitted
  • 80g blanched hazelnuts
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Place the dates and hazelnuts in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the dates and hazelnuts, and place in a food processor with the almonds, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Blitz to a thick paste.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a chopping board, divide into eight pieces and roll into balls.
  4. Dust the energy balls with a little cocoa powder then place in the fridge to firm them up.
  5. Try making in larger batches and store in an airtight container.

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About Rob Hobson

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is a Registered Nutritionist who has worked with some of the UK’s largest food and health companies and performs training in the public health sector (including government agencies and the NHS). Rob contributes regularly to press publications and has a monthly column in Women’s Health magazine.