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Nutty chocolate energy balls recipe

Nutty chocolate energy balls recipe

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Rebecca Wilson, AKA What Mummy Makes, shares her perfect post-school (or nursery) energy ball snack. You can use any nuts or dried fruit you have in the cupboard to make these moreish chocolatey balls. See method

  • Makes 12 balls
  • 20 mins to prepare
  • 100 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 70g cashew nuts
  • 130g oats
  • 1 tbsp of a nut butter of your choice (almond or peanut work best)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 70g apple purée pouch (find it in the baby food aisle) or a mashed small ripe banana
  • handful seedless raisins or dried prunes

For the coating (optional):

  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sprinkles
Easy swaps: Swap the cashew nuts for hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    5g 7%
  • Saturates

    1g 6%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 11.3g Protein 3.1g Fibre 1g


  1. Put the cashews and oats in a food processor and whizz till the oats have broken down to a powder and the nuts are in small pieces. 
  2. Add the nut butter, cocoa powder, apple purée and raisins and whizz till it starts to come together. If the mixture feels too dry, add a splash of water, or 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (no honey for children under 1 year old) to add a touch more sweetness and bring the mixture together. 
  3. Once the mixture feels like it will hold together when pressed lightly, in a small bowl mix together the coatings (if using), then roll the mixture into approximately 12 ping pong sized balls. 
  4. Add to the coating one at a time and gently shake and rotate the bowl so the energy ball gets covered in the topping. Transfer to a plate and repeat.

Tip: These will last for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge, so perfect to whip up for after-school snacks all week. They’re also great for lunchboxes.

See more Healthy snacks for kids

Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.

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