Chia Seed Energy Balls

Delicious no-fuss balls of goodness that help to sustain energy on the bike

Dried fruit – rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and essential minerals, and packed with natural sugars to revitalise the body with a quick nutrient-rich energy boost – is mashed up in the food processor with a variety of seeds, brimming with heart-friendly unsaturated fats. You’ll find chia seeds (see opposite page) in most health food stores – they’re an amazing source of protein, carbohydrate, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients. It’s often called ‘running food’, as it’s a staple of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico (of ‘barefoot’ running fame), who run miles and miles over mountain ranges with seemingly endless energy.

Makes 20 balls
Prep time – 10mins
Equipment – Food processor, small bowl

NUTRITION PER BALL

Energy 51kcal
Protein 1.4g
Carbohydrate 6.4g
Sugars 4.3g
Fat 2.5g (saturates 0g)
Salt 0.25g
Fibre 1.4g

Ingredients

50g soft pitted dates, chopped
60g soft dried apricots, chopped
80g sultanas
1tbsp milled chia seeds
20g hemp seeds
40g pumpkin seeds
20g sunflower seeds
1 dessert spoon runny honey
2tbsps sesame seeds

Method

1. Place all the seeds into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the dried fruit and whizz again until the mixture starts to stick together.

2. Add the honey and combine.

3. Roll into small balls in the palm of your hands, about 1.5cm in diameter.

4. Pour the sesame seeds into a small bowl and then roll each ball in them to cover completely (you can use desiccated coconut if you prefer). These will keep for a couple of weeks stored in a plastic bag or airtight container.

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