Cycling Food – Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

Cycling Food – Chocolate Almond Energy Balls
01/10/2016 Fierlan
In Fierlan News
ingredients for almond balls a great cycling food

We love bringing you our favourite cycling food. The turn in the weather means it’s very easy and tempting to reach for the biscuits, or the chocolate box. That’s obviously absolutely fine in small doses, but here’s a yummy, more nutritious alternative.

These balls are super easy to make and you can easily adapt them to your taste – let us know how you get on!

Makes 12 balls.

 
 

Ingredients:

ingredients

  • About 36 almonds
We love almonds! They’re great because they’re high in calcium, vitamin E (which helps improve your skin) and the skin contains flavonoids, which are super good for your heart health.
     

  • 8 Dates
  • 1 1/2 cups of porridge oats
  • 1 Tbsp of runny honey
  • 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk

 

Method:

–  Pre-heat the oven to 150ºC

–  Put the almonds in a pan and roast over a medium heat. They should be lightly toasted all over.

–  Whizz up 1/2 the porridge oats so you get a flour-y texture. Take them out the food processor and put them in a bowl for later.

–  Put the toasted almonds into a food processor and whizz up. It’ll take about 10 minutes but eventually you’ll have almond butter! Be patient, it’s worth the wait!

–  Take the stones out of the dates and then pop the de-stoned dates and the honey into the food processor with the almond butter. Whizz up into a paste.

–  Drizzle in the almond milk.

–  Stir in the porridge oats with a spoon – you’ll have a thick paste that should stick together. If it’s too wet, add a few more oats, too dry, add some almond milk.

–  Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls.  Then put them onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.

–  Bake the balls for about 15 minutes, they should be firm.

–  Leave them to cool on the tray. We like sprinkling on and rolling these balls in some bashed up almonds…. !

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