Free Weekly Go Faster Recipe

Date & Coconut Energy Balls

The original recipe upon which Go Bites are based! Packed with natural sugar, dates are a great source of vitamin B6, fibre, and important minerals including iron, potassium, calcium and manganese. Combined with sustaining oats and coconut, as they are in these tasty balls of energy, they will help strengthen the immune system and fuel energy stores.  I’ll often pop one of these before an early morning workout, or indeed during a long run (they did the trick at mile 20 of my recent marathon in fact!). Kids love them too. They’re always a great success in our #eatlikeanathlete workshops. Try them for:

  • the lunchbox,
  • a pool-side snack,
  • half-time energy booster for your team,
  • pre-training/after-school fuel-up
  • … or just a tasty treat!


for about 20 balls 
  • 120g dates
  • 80g jumbo mixed raisins
  • 20g desiccated coconut
  • 20g porridge oats
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut, freeze-dried raspberry or strawberry powder to coat


per ball
  • Energy (kcal) 43                                 
  • Protein (g) 0.5
  • Carbohydrate (g) 9                                                    
    • Of which sugars (g) 7 
  • Fat (g) 1
    • Of which saturates (g) 0.8
  • Salt (g) trace                                  
  • Fibre (g) 1


  1. Place the dates and raisins in a food processor and pulse until the mixture starts to stick together.
  2. Add the coconut, oats and coconut oil and give the mix a quick blast to combine.
  3. Take small handfuls of mixture, about 12g each, and roll into balls in the palm of your hands.
  4. Spoon 2 tbsp desiccated coconut or freeze dried fruit powder into a bowl and then toss the balls in the mix to cover completely.
  5. These will keep for a couple of weeks, stored in a plastic bag or airtight container.

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