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Overhead shot of fruit and nut energy balls dusted with cocoa powder

Fruit and Nut Energy Balls

These energy balls are a perfect between-meals snack, especially for those on a higher-intensity training programme. The nuts provide plenty of micronutrients including B vitamins and antioxidant vitamin E and selenium. Cocoa powder is a good source of magnesium, which helps muscle relaxation.

Makes 8

Per ball: 258 calories


  • 250g Medjool dates, pitted
  • 80g blanched hazelnuts
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Place the dates and hazelnuts in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the dates and hazelnuts, and place in a food processor with the almonds, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Blitz to a thick paste.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a chopping board, divide into eight pieces and roll into balls.
  4. Dust the energy balls with a little cocoa powder then place in the fridge to firm them up.
  5. Try making in larger batches and store in an airtight container.

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is an award-winning registered nutritionist (AFN) and sports nutritionist (SENR) with over 15 years of experience. He founded London-based consultancy RH Nutrition, and has degrees in nutrition, public health nutrition and sports nutrition.

Find out more at Rob Hobson's website, or read more about the Elite Expert Panel

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace
medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.