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Home-made vegan energy snack

These little cranberry energy balls are just perfect for giving you that extra boost of energy! As well as being vegan and gluten-free they are also super easy and quick to make. So, when you next fancy a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, steer away from cakes and sweets and instead opt for a couple of these scrumptious cranberry energy balls. They are made from almonds, cashew nuts, cranberries, dates, coconut oil and a drop of vanilla extract (for vanilla fans).
You will need a good electric mixer or blender to make these energy balls, in order to grind the cashew nuts and almonds to a fine powder. If you find that the ingredients do not bind well together, add a spoon or 2 of water. To form the balls, you will need 2 teaspoons, or if you prefer roll a teaspoon of mixture directly in the palm of your hands.
Ingredients for 12 energy balls
  • 40g cashew nuts
  • 40g almonds
  • 40g cranberry
  • 40g date paste
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/ teaspoon vanilla powder.
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Place the almonds and cashew nuts in an electric mixer/blender and grind finely (be careful not to grind them so much that they form a paste).
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until they blend together.
  3. Add a little water if necessary.
  4. Use teaspoons to make small balls or roll a teaspoon of mixture in the palm of your hands.
  5. Leave to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
These tasty balls are best kept in the fridge and will keep for up to I week (if you don’t eat them before!).
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