Wednesday Wisdom from Framar Health - Homemade Energy Balls July 2019

31 July 2019

Wednesday Wisdom from Framar Health - Homemade Energy Balls July 2019

Wednesday Wisdom with Sarah Trimble Nutrition from Framar Health, providing expert nutritional advice & recipes to help support your marathon training.

Homemade energy bites

At Framar Health we stock a wide variety of natural energy bars that are a fantastic support to half marathon training as they provide quick release energy to fuel your runs. Brands to look out for include Deliciously Ella, NAKD bars and GO bites – or you could have a go at making your own.

These energy balls are a great carbohydrate-rich snack, they are suitable to have before you set off on a long run, especially if it’s been a few hours since your last meal.  They could also be used as a source of energy during a run when you need to refuel on your longer runs as race day approaches.

Makes 16 bites

300g almonds or walnuts

250g soft Medjool dates (stones removed)

2 – 3 tablespoons water

½ – 1 tsp cocoa

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Process for 30 seconds until the ingredients have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and the blade if necessary. You may need to add a little extra water if the dates are quite hard.  Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and form a ball.

Press into a thick square, roughly 18 cm x 18cm in size on a piece of cling film or baking parchment. Wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour (this is optional) then slice into bite-size pieces. Store in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.

The dough can also be shaped into small balls. Refrigerate until firm.