I’ve been eating these energy balls for a while and when I posted a picture on twitter last week declaring that I make the best energy balls around, I had a few requests for the recipe.

‘Recipe’ is a bit of an overstatement for the way you make these balls. You throw four or five things in a mixer, mix and then squish them together. I don’t measure how much of each item, I just do what looks right.


Eating one on the run

If you’re up for an adventure in the kitchen, here’s the rough guidance you’ll need.


  • Dates (take the pits out or pay over the odds to have them taken out for you)
  • Peanut butter
  • Oats
  • Peanuts
  • Maple syrup (just a spoon full will do).

That’s basically it. Mix them, shape them into balls and chill them in the fridge. They’re not sticky so will happily sit in a sandwich bag together and keep their shape. Wrap them in cling-film to carry them around on their own.

A packet of dates costs me 59p, a few spoons of peanut butter can’t be more than another 50p and the other bits are usually in the cupboard. I usually get 7-8 balls out of a packet of dates, so my rough, finger in air estimate is that these cost about 15p each to make. Not bad for something that takes 10 minutes to make.

There you go, my future as a home economist and a food model is sealed.