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Christmas Energy Balls!

Mmmmm….Christmas food. Sausage rolls, canapés, mulled wine, brandy butter. Let’s face it; life’s too short for even the most dedicated athlete to turn down the odd mince pie. But with Christmas fever starting earlier each year, getting the balance right can be an uphill struggle. Take shop-bought mince pies; packed with sat fat and at 250 calories each. One is fine, but they’re so moreish! Surprise your friends with these amazingly delicious ‘no-cook’ Christmas energy balls; they make a fab ‘super’ food alternative. Rich in healthy unsat fats, fibre, vitamins and essential minerals such as potassium, they’ll revitalise the body and sustain you through your yuletide workouts!

Ingredients

to make 15-20 balls
  • 40g walnuts or pecan nuts
  • 120g dates
  • 160g mincemeat
  • 80g porridge oats, or 4 Weetabix, crumbled
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 25g ground almonds
  • Zest of one orange, finely grated
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Juice of ½ lime
 

Nutrition

per ball
  • Energy (kcal) 73
  • Carbohydrate (g)13
    • (of which sugars (g) 9)
  • Protein (g) 1
  • Fat (g) 2
    • (of which saturates (g) 0.5)
  • Salt (g) trace
  • Fibre (g) 1

Method

  1. Place the nuts in a food processor and blitz until roughly chopped. Add the dates and blitz again, until the mixture starts to stick together. You can do this by hand if you prefer, by chopping the nuts and dates as finely as possible with a sharp knife.
  2. Add the mincemeat, porridge oats (or Weetabix), mixed spice, ground almonds, orange zest and the coconut oil and blitz again, very briefly, until combined.
  3. Roll into small balls in the palm of your hands, about 1 ½ cm in diameter.
  4. Pour the icing sugar into a clean bowl and beat in the lime juice until smooth.
  5. Spoon the icing over the energy balls and decorate with your favourite Christmas cake decorations!

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