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Pre and Post Exercise Nutrition: Apricot Energy Balls Recipe

September 19, 2016

apricot chia seed energy balls











Our guest blogger this week is Kate Percy, author of "Go Faster Food" who combines her experience as a cook, Kate Percy founder of go faster foodthe latest developments in sports nutrition and her passion for being active to provide healthy, mouth-watering and energy-charged recipes for fuelling an active life. Making your own snacks is a great way to save money and to make sure that you know exactly what you are eating. Kate's Apricot and Chia Seed Energy Balls are the perfect snack for before, during and after exercise.

An easy snack that's perfect for an energy boost


Photo of Chia Seed Energy Balls

Dried fruit, rich in fibre, vitamins and essential minerals, and packed with natural sugars to revitalise the body with a quick nutrient-rich energy boost. All ‘mushed’ up in the food processor with a variety of seeds, brimming with heart-friendly unsaturated fats. You’ll find chia in most health food stores and larger supermarkets. It’s an amazing source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and a staple of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, of ‘barefoot’ running fame, a tribe who run miles and miles over mountain ranges with seemingly endless energy. If you can't find Chia, you can substitute it with other seeds such as flax or sesame.




Ingredients to make 20 balls

50g soft, pitted dates, chopped
60g soft dried apricots, chopped
80g sultanas
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
40g pumpkin seeds
20g sunflower seeds
1 tsp runny honey
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds or golden flaxseed to coat

  1. Place all the seeds into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the dried fruit and whizz again until the mixture starts to stick together.
  2. Add the honey and combine.
  3. Roll into small balls in the palm of your hands, about 1 ½ cm in diameter,
  4. Pour the sesame seeds or flaxseed into a small bowl and then roll each ball to cover completely. (You can use desiccated coconut if you prefer). These will keep for a couple of weeks stored in a plastic bag or airtight container.


Energy (kcal) 51         
Carbohydrate (g) 6.4 (of which sugars (g) 4.3)
Protein (g) 1.4
Fat (g) 2.5 (of which saturates (g) 0)
Salt (g) 0.25                                  
Fibre (g) 1.4

This recipe is from Kate Percy’s latest book, Go Faster Food for Kids. For more information, and to sign up for a #GoFasterFriday weekly training recipe, check out or

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