Almond, cherry and orange energy balls

I’ve been making these almond, cherry and orange energy balls for years now and have had a few clients hooked on them. I love that they are so easy to prepare and keep well in the fridge.

I would give them to my kids for snacks at school for the nut-free policy because I would be sure they’d devour them and that they would bee getting a good balance of nutrients.

These energy balls are the really balance of sweetness, tartness, crunch and moist and they also contain plenty of protein, lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They only made with naturally ingredients and didn’t cost the earth, which is my main criticism of ready made cereal/energy bars.

Did you know that sour cherries are really high in anti-oxidants, that they have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and that they have been found to promote sleep? It might be worth giving them a go, don’t you think?

Ingredients:

  • 300g almonds
  • 12 Medjool dates pitted
  • 100g sour cherries (I buy mine on Amazon)
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • desiccated coconut

Method:

In an ideal world I first soak the cherries in the orange juice and zest overnight but I have done it many time without.

Place all the ingredients in a food mixer and blitz until combined, I like mine retain a bit of a bite so I just don’t blitz the mixture smooth. Let it sit for 10min in the food mixer so that the chia seeds absorb some of the liquid and glue the mixture together.

Roll into balls the size of a walnut, then roll in the desiccated coconut and keep in the fridge. The coconut doesn’t add much but helps not getting horribly sticky fingers when eating them. If you don’t like coconut you could use sesame or flaxseeds.