Energy balls

Our most favourite energy ball recipe!

Aprons on? Let‘s Cook!

15 mins
30 mins in the fridge

This recipe is so delicious we held classes at River Cottage to teach children how to make them (back in the day when those sorts of things were possible!) They are packed with healthy fats, antioxidants and nutrients that make them a filling and healthy snack, and kids LOVE making them!

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Teach children about the amazing power of food and how to feed themselves in a way which helps rather than hinders health!


  • 100g pitted dates
  • 100g oats
  • 100ml hot water
  • 60g cashew nuts
  • 50g nut butter (e.g. almond or peanut)
  • 40g cranberries
  • 20g dessicated coconut (optional)
  • 10g chia seeds
  • 1 lemon



  • Small bowl
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring scales
  • Plate
  • Spatula
  • Grater




1 Soak the dates in 100ml of hot water in a small bowl for around 5 mins
2 While the dates are soaking pop the oats and cashew nuts in a blender and blitz until they have turned into flour
3 Place the flour into a mixing bowl, add the chia seeds and cranberries and mix together
4 Now pour half of the water from the dates into a blender (pour the other half away), add the dates and nut butter and blend until it has turned into a smooth-ish paste. Add a splash more water into the blender if it needs help to catch
5 Use a spatula to scrape the date paste into your mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything together thoroughly
6 Next grate the rind of your lemon on the smallest grater setting and add it to the mixing bowl
7 Cut the lemon in two and squeeze the juice of one half into the mix (pop the other half in the fridge so it isn’t wasted)
8 Rub some coconut oil (or other oil) into your hands and roll the mix into balls the size of 50p coins
9 Finally roll each ball in the dessicated coconut spread over a plate (if using) and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes before gobbling!

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