Oliver McCabe’s Fuel Food Energy Bites

These delicious and healthy bites only take a little time to whip up and they keep well in the fridge for up to ten days. They also freeze well.

Makes 15.


20 large Medjool dates, pitted

240g almonds

240g organic oil salt-free peanut or almond butter

3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder, plus extra for rolling

zest of 1 orange

juice of 1 apple

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of Himalayan fine rock salt

40g desiccated coconut



Soak the dates in a small bowl of hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and reserve the soaking liquid. Grind the almonds in a food processor until they form coarse crumbs. Add the strained dates, peanut butter, cocoa powder, orange zest and apple juice, cinnamon and salt. Process until the mixture forms a ball. If the mixture is too wet, you can add some more ground almonds or some coconut. If it’s too dry, add some of the date soaking liquid. Form into 15 small balls. Roll or dust in some extra cocoa and desiccated coconut and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Keep the energy bites stored in an airtight container in the fridge, where they will last for up to 10 days.


Benefits:  Almonds provide essential fats, protein antioxidants and minerals for post exercise inflamed muscle, bone and joint repair making these energy balls a deep favourite with fit fans. Let’s get energetic! These healthy natural sweet bites are winners for lunchboxes if nuts are allowed.

About the Author:

Oliver McCabe Whole Food Chef Nutrition Advisor The Fuel Food Cookbook Select Stores Dalkey

The Fuel Food Cook Book by Oliver McCabe on sale nationwide €22.99 at Eason, Waterstones and all good independent book stores.


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