These nutritious little oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chip energy balls are packed with protein. Make a bath over the weekend and take them on your travels – they are perfect for stuffing in your cycling jersey on a ride or keeping in your CamelBak on a long-distance trail runs. Or just scoff them on the sofa, I won’t tell anyone.
These delicious little balls are a seriously tasty treat, packed with coconut, dried fruit, nuts and naughty chocolate chips. But they’re also a great nutritional pick-me-up after hard exercise. Add in a scoop of protein powder and you’ve got a muscle recovery hit in one bite. I use MaxiNutrition’s Promax Sachets (£9.99 for four sachets) which are low in sugar and fat but manage to pack in a whopping 30g of protein each. This recipe makes 15 tasty energy balls, each containing 1.5g of protein to help you recover from exercise and rebuild muscle.
2 cups of fruit muesli
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 sachet of MaxiNutrition Promax protein powder
Dash of cinnamon
Jar of nut butter
3 tablespoons natural honey
1 cup of chocolate chips/shards
3 tablespoons of almond milk
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients (muesli, chocolate chips, coconut, protein powder and cinnamon) well. Add the nut butter and honey and mix with your hands – the mixture should start to stick together (and to your fingers!). Add the almond milk and keep mixing until you end up with a dough-like ball. If your mixture is still crumbling add a dash more milk, and if it’s rather runny add a scoop of muesli. Form the dough into 15 rough balls by rolling in your palms. Chill the energy balls in the fridge for an hour. Once set, wrap in clingfilm and head off on adventures!